Remembering John Murray

John Murray with a white peace poppy — one of his many campaign emblems

‘Man for All Seasons’ deserves a Kapiti Memorial

By Alida Van der Velde, a long-time friend of John Murray

You probably remember that our friend and teacher the Very Reverend John Stewart Murray, ‘John’, died on the 17th February this year.

Since then several tributes in KIN have described what  he has done for people in the district and beyond (February/March issues).

We’ve also talked about finding a suitable place of remembrance for John in our district. Because most readers will have known John personally or have been involved with one of the good works he started with other progressive people, I’d like to tell you what’s happened since.

Support from local people

Firstly, a group of us collected signatures of support from a total of 98 local people.

There have been letters to the KCDC and to the Paraparaumu/ Raumati Community Board. The proposal was discussed at the Community Board on March 21; and at the Kapiti Coast District Council meeting on April 17.

After a long wait a suitable place has now been found, and this will be discussed at the Community Board meeting on Tuesday night, December 5, at 7.00pm at the Kapiti Coast Sports Pavillion , Scaife Road, Paraparaumu.  (It’s the small green building, off Mazengarb Road and opposite the Paraparaumu College).

Most of the Board members are in favour. But some are not, probably because of John’s progressive, outspoken, and incorruptible Christian convictions.

Speaking in support

I am asking anyone who would like to speak for three minutes about why they support this idea, or what John has done for them, to let me know and I will contact the meeting organiser. ( My contact details are: (04) 282 0098; <>)

If you don’t want to speak but can attend and show your support, please come to the meeting at 7pm. We really need your support to make this a success.

As meeting agendas can change, look at the KCDC website closer to the time to see if this item is still on the agenda — or ring me (04) 282 0098 and I will let you know if it is still on.

We need your support!

This is a contribution we can make to honour what John Murray has done.