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Mana MP Barbara Edmonds and Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi, members of Parliament who represent the electorates, held a special joint Office opening ceremony for the public.
Together, they have called their team ‘manaaki’, which will provide and listen to locals of the two electorates’ regions.
“That is a combination of Mana and Ōtaki,” said both MP’s Barbara Edmonds and Terisa Ngobi.
For the Office location, the two are combined on both electorates’ boundary, which adds simplicity for locals to talk to their elected MP. It is located at 115 Rimu Road in Paraparaumu.
MP Babra Edmonds says it will add and bring flavour to the Kāpiti Coast in looking after the two areas.
“It is the flavour that we want to be able to bring to the Kāpiti Coast and being able to look after our constituents. It is right on the boundary, both on the Mana and the Ōtakiel ectorate,” said MP Edmonds.
Kāpiti Colleges’ Kapahaka group were blessed to attend the ceremony’s opening, where a Waiata and Haka was performed.
“We were really blessed to have the Kāpiti College Kapahaka group. We had a couple of cook island dancers, and we had koro don from Whakarongo a Tai. We had puketapu hapu with whea takauere and George Jenkins,” said MP Ngobi.
“We also had Makau from the Whale Song today. It was a really good one aye.”
A couple of Cook Island dancers finalised the event.
The public audience attending could take a stroll inside and check out art from Creative Kāpiti.
“If you walk through the Office, you will be able to also see Creative Kāpiti’s work. Today we had Lorna [Tawhiti] artist; amazing work. It is able to just showcase some of that amazing creativity that we have in this area,” said MP Edmonds.
“The Kāpiti election results were just a reflection of the leadership under [Prime Minister] Jacinda Ardern on our covid response. Our door knockers and the people that went around campaigning.”
“People on the Kāpiti Coast were really happy with our Government response, and the ability to take over Ōtaki was so great.”
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