‘Kua Hinga Te Tōtara O Te Wao Nui A Tāne’ -Trevor Daniell

“A tōtara has fallen in the great forest of Tāne,” says the KCDC announcing the death of Trevor Daniell, one of Kāpiti’s best-known community leaders.

Claire Rewi , of the Kāpiti Council says: “It is with sadness that I need to inform you all that Trevor Daniell has passed away on the 29 November.

“So I start this email with this well know whakataukī to acknowledge his passin.

his saying is often used to describe the passing of a chief or someone of high standing as the Tōtara is symbolic of a great chief.

“…For one of them to fall is a great tragedy”

“A totara is a huge tree that grows for hundreds of years. For one of them to fall is a great tragedy.

“Trevor was the epitome of a true kaumatua. He was a gentleman who was dedicated, loyal, truthful, hardworking and had great integrity.

“It has been an honour to work beside him on several projects.

“One of his passions was for the betterment in circumstances for older people, and he worked hard to achieve this.

“Trevor has made a huge contribution to all the organisations he was associated with.

His family has asked for time and privacy at this time, for them to mourn and work through details without their much-loved father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.

Elder person of the year.”

In 2015, Trevor, who was chair then vice-chair of Kāpiti Grey Power, was named Elder Person of the Year.

Trevor, who sat on five committees, was recognised in a ceremony at Metlifecare Kāpiti Village in Paraparaumu.

He also chaired the Senior Citizens Association, Kapiti Community Services Trust and Raumati South Residents Association, and is a trustee of the Kapiti Community Services Trust.

He said the award was humbling”, and credited his fellow committee members.

“I’m the figurehead for the people in my committees. Those are the people who support our activities and support our community.”

Daniell’s rise up the Grey Power ranks was rapid 

Trevor said: “The then-membership secretary came along and said ‘I’ll only be the membership secretary if you’ll be the secretary.”

Three months later, Daniell was Grey Power treasury, secretary and president. He regularly attended meetings of the Kāpiti Coast District Council, Health Board Trust and Kapiti Committee of Social Services, representing Grey Power.

He chaired the Grey Power national advisory group for local bodies and housing, dealing with housing equity issues, and was involved with making submissions to council as a member of the Raumati-Paraparaumu Community Board.

St John’s work provided a foundation 

Daniell said he put his community work down to his experience – he was involved with St John earlier in his life.

I would like to thank you for this lovely piece on our father.
Dad and our mother, Daphne have always been socially minded and were also involved in Lions for many years.
We were and are very proud of them both and consider ourselves lucky to have had them as our parents.

Annette, Wendy & Melanie

I knew Trevor for many years, and worked with him when I was a councillor on the KCDC.

There are not many people, unfortuantely, who you can completely trust to do the right thing; and who have 100% integrity.

He has been one of them. A rock.

We will all remember him, always.We share your sorrow at his passing. Thanks so much for writing. Alan Tristram, Editor


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.