Pastor Terence Tauira Maka-Kea with Governor-General is Dame Patsy Reddy. 20110601
The scriptures that lead our lives are clear: a person’s life is known by its fruit, writes Thomas Tarurongo Wynne.
I would watch students leave Tereora College each day accompanied by a steady stream of chatter and youthfulness. On driving home not too long after, I would notice fruit trees littered down bumpy streets, raided by hungry students keen for vi kavakava or vi (mangoes) to fill their tummies before they arrived home for afternoon chores.
them reminded me of my own story of walking home from school, with peaches,
loquits and feijoa trees on the way home. We too would fill ourselves before
the same chores of raking the rubbish or piling the weeds and cuttings our
mother had amassed in her garden – a garden that seemed to stretch across acres
of what actually was just a ¼ acre section.
raiding fruit trees, we learned a simple shake of the tree will allow the fruit
to fall to the ground, some ripe, some unripen and some not at all.
last week we were able to see the life of our brother Pastor Terence Tauira
Maka-Kea, shaken like a tree and the fruit of his life fall to the ground. Some
were ripe that he planted many years ago with his work as a pastor, fitness
coach and life mentor, and some still ripening with lives like my own touched
in the short time I have come to know and appreciate his heart and his wife and
family’s gift of service. The scriptures that lead his life and many of our
lives, are clear, that a person’s life is known by its fruit. We know that we
all produce fruit based on the seeds we plant and water, and that the fruit of
our lives is not just for ourselves and our families, but also for those that
are simply hungry.
the fruit of my life, I asked myself, as I attended a dinner with 70 plus
people, celebrating the awarding of a Queen’s Service Medal to our brother
Pastor Terence. It was a medal that celebrated the fruit of his life and
demonstrated by those in attendance, from all walks of life.
after the other, people stood up and honoured him and his wife, Kitiona and
their family’s sacrifices over the years. They spoke of his love for people,
demonstrated by sacrifice of his own time, of his families’ time and his deep
and unshakeable love for his God.
in life, or in the business of our work, we are given moments – moments to stop
and take stock, either by choice or circumstance – so we can see what fruit our
lives have accumulated. We also have to make sure that the seeds we have
planted and watered are not choked by the weeds of our lives that have grown or
rotten fruit of our lives can be cut away and removed to not spoil the good.
Terence Tauira founded the Victory Church in Porirua, where he remains as
minister, and continues to represent Pacific communities in a range of national
advisory groups from Health to Corrections to the Apostolic Church.
Tauira was a founding member of the Porirua Church Ministers Forum and is a
board member of Pacific Health Plus and a member of the Strong Pacific Families
Porirua Group. He helped establish the Strong Pacific Families Food Collection
Drive and the Seeds of Hope Project while running a fitness class within his
church which continues to serve his community without cost or financial reward.
of all, he is a man who loves his wife, his children and adores his
granddaughter and serves people no matter who they are, and even made time for me
so I too share and enjoy the fruit of his life. Who else is hungry, who else is
in need, lonely, broken or just needing a friend? There is fruit in your life
and mine that can feed them so that no one is left hungry.