April 07, 2020
Rocky Hudson set tone for iwi station
Māori radio has lost one of its anchor stones.
Rocky Hudson, the long-serving breakfast host of Rangitane o Manawatu’s Kia Ora FM, has died at the age of 90.
Colleague Peter Cleave says he set the tone for the Palmerston North station, starting with an early morning prayer.
"While the rest of the broadcasters including me were quite lightweight, he was the person who kept us grounded, who kept us in te ao Māori really, even though we all were speaking Māori. He was the one leading us on the paepae, he was conducting things very seriously," he says.
Rocky Hudson also made major contributions to the treaty claims of his Ngāti Ruanui iwi.
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