Wellington Kaumatua Sam Jackson Mourned
22 November 2013
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown is today mourning the death of prominent Wellington Kaumatua Sam Jackson, who had close ties with the City Council and helped welcome thousands of new New Zealanders in citizenship ceremonies hosted in Wellington.
The Mayor offers her heartfelt condolences to whanau and friends, and provides the following statement:
"Haere rā Koro Sam. I salute Wellington City kaumātua Sam Jackson for his dedication to Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui.
"Koro Sam gave his time and his heart to making sure appropriate tikanga or protocol was followed when buildings were opened, ceremonies held or visitors welcomed to the capital. He always did this with grace, humour and a deep affection for all people – be they Māori or from the far reaches of the world.
"Just on Monday we led a citizenship ceremony together and he welcomed 120 new citizens, referring to how in 1840 his ancestors welcomed the European sailing ships.
"Sam Jackson upheld tradition, adapted to changing times and blessed all of us who knew him with his modest warmth and immense knowledge. I will miss him hugely as a mentor and as a friend.
"Kua hinga te tōtara nui i Te Waonui a Tāne. A mighty tōtara has fallen in the great forest of Tāne."