Kapiti should honour Rev John Murray
At a recent KCDC meeting, local resident Ida Van der Velde spoke with strong conviction to convince council that the Reverend John Murray who died in February this year should be honoured by the community he served so well.
Below is an abridged version of the speech Ida made to Council.
"John has been a leader in many important, often secular, issues on an international, national and local level. He always stood up for his conscience, justice and peace and did never hesitate to speak up and always followed matters through. Of course, he was liked and disliked by many in the process. This however did never influence his work, he continued to stand up for what he believed in and followed it through, independent of the feedback he received.
This man has been a giant in our district for many years and we should honour him big time.
It is important for us to remember him and all he has done for us and for future generations.
I trust you, the Mayor, the Councillors and the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board to look at my initiative, which will be supported by lots of locals, and realise my initiative into "brick and mortar", in honour or John Murray."
Since the address, Council has given an undertaking that they will work with the local community board to develop a fitting memorial to one of Kapiti's most prominent and respected citizens.
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