‘Kia kaha, kia toa, kia manawanui — be strong, be courageous and, patient.’
Editor Alan Tristram says he’s proud to announce Kāpiti Independent’s motto.
He says it was suggested to him by a group of Māori women friends many years ago ‘when we were campaigning to help raise funds for what became the Maraeroa Marae in Porirua.’
He says: “I was working for the NZBC current affairs at the time and was asked to interview the group about their seemingly-impossible project.
“Well, one thing led to another and I ended up organising a Pākeha group in Khandallah (where I lived) to work with the Måori group from Porirua.
“We enlisted the help of the Cashmere Avenue principal and the parents association. And, after many months of hard work in Porirua and Khandallah, held a grand gala at Cashmere Avenue School as a fund-raiser.”
It was a unique cross-cultural effort and raised the consciousness of everyone involved.
“It was Meretiana Davis, of Porirua, who handed on the Māori slogan to me — something I never forgot, even during 20 years of living among the English in the UK.
“It seemed important to me then, and still does!”
So…’Kia Kaha, Kia Toa, Kia manawanui.’