August 23, 2019
Kapahaka stalwart Maxwell to get Waiata Award
Rotorua kaumātua Trevor Horowaewae Maxwell is to receive the Keeper of Tradition award at next month’s Waiata Māori Music Awards.
The Rotorua Lakes District councillor is known for his commitment to kapahaka as tutor and leader of Ngāti Rangiwewehi and a lifelong member of Te Matatini.
He has also made major contribution to Māori tourism.
There is to be posthumous acknowledgement of Abe Phillips, who led popular Hastings band The Shadracks in the 1960s and 70s before forging a solo career in Sydney, and Blue Smoke singer Pixie Williams, who is also being inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame this year.
The late Jarrod Huirama, the sound engineer and music tutor for the Kahurangi NZ Māori Dance Theatre and the Takitimu Performing Arts School Trust, will also receive a posthumous award for his contribution to the Māori music industry.
The Waiata Māori Music Awards will be presented at a red carpet ceremony at Club Hastings on September 13.
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