Porirua City is a truly special place. There is something for everyone. We work together as a community and cherish our ability to spend time with family and friends in our beautiful natural environment. We have a diverse community and wanted to share our love of our city and the community in a song.
Singer-songwriter and Porirua City Council employee Steph Casey worked closely with staff, community and representatives from Ngāti Toa, and Whitireia Polytechnic, to create a song which represents Porirua.
Anyone wishing to use this song for commercial use or to promote a business or organisation must contact the copyright holder Steph Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange licensing.
Steph Casey is a top-10 charting NZ singer-songwriter who last year released her second album and toured New Zealand and the USA. She has featured on TV3’s The Cafe, in Next Magazine, performed on RNZ’s NZ Live show and the International Americana Music Show, which broadcasts on radio stations around the world. Her songs have been finalists in the UK Songwriting Contest, and licensed for New Zealand feature films.
We are lucky enough to have Steph working with the team at Porirua City Council and thrilled she offered to write a song for us while she is here!
“It was great to have the opportunity to write a song for Porirua and I wanted to create an uplifting, feel-good song that celebrated its people, culture and places. To cover all 20 Porirua suburbs was a bit of a mouthful in the lyrics but we wanted to include everybody! The children’s choir represents our tamariki and Porirua’s young population, with over a third of people being under 25 years of age. The karakia reflects our tangata whenua, and the Samaon part of the song our Pasifika communities."
Ki te whenua haumako o Ngāti Toa
He oranga āwhinuku
He oranga āwhirangi
He oranga mō te marea
Kā puta, Kā ora!
To the sacred land of Ngāti Toa
The coming of new life!