February 15, 2015
Iwi radio farewells promoter of culture
A final tribute to trailblazer Tama Huata from the chair of Maori radio umbrella group Whakaruruhau.
The founder of the Takitimu Performing Arts School and the internationally famous Kahurangi Maori Dance Company died on Wednesday.
He was buried yesterday at Whenuakura in Pakipaki after a tangi that drew thousands of mourners to the Hawkes Bay.
Willie Jackson says Mr Huata was one of the finest and most innovative promoters of Maori culture.
Whether it was putting a kapa haka group in New York, running Te Matatini national Maori performing arts competitions or organising a national Maori music award from his hometown of Hastings, Mr Huata did it.
He says Mr Huata was a big supporter of iwi radio, and Whakarurhau in turn supported his awards.
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