July 18, 2019
Prime mātauranga Māori exponent dies in Utah
Tears are spanning the oceans for Nephi Prime, who died this week at his home in Utah at the age of 60.
Mr Prime, the brother of the late Dalvanius Prime and the youngest in a family of 11, was a member of the Pātea Māori Club and a noted kapa haka exponent.
For many years he worked doing performances at the Polynesian Centre in Hawaii, and in Utah he was involved in Ngāti Hiona – a 35 year old Māori community group which performs regularly at events.
He also dreamed of building a marae in the state.
A Ngāti Hiona member said since moving to Utah in 2009 he quickly became the one who was called on to teach and demonstrate Māoritanga.
A funeral service will be held for Nephi Prime on Saturday in Riverton, Salt Lake City.
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