Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Poroporoaki ki a Maui Dalvanius Prime

Poroporoaki ki a Maui Dalvanius Prime

E te karanga maha, Maui, haere, haere, haere atu ra. Kei te mamae, kei te tangi te ngakau ki a koe kua wehe atu nei. E kore to kanohi e kitea, me to ihi. Engari to reo ka rangona tonutia e waiata mai ana ki nga topito o te motu, heke iho ki nga uri whakatupu. Haere, haere, haere ra. E te whanau pani, ka nui te aroha ki a koutou.

The death of Maui Dalvanius Prime of Nga Rauru leaves an ache in my heart, and a huge void in the landscape of indigenous music and entertainment.

Dal had a showman’s temperament. His enthusiasm and energy knew no limits. He was larger than life, and twice as loud. Even his e-mails were so bold and bright you jumped back in shock when they arrived.

But he directed his talents to benefit our people everywhere.

The song Poi E!, which was composed, performed and produced with the late Ngoi Pewhairangi of Ngati Porou and the Patea Maori Club, took Aotearoa by storm in 1984, and topped the charts for several weeks on end, at a time when Maori language music was not seen as having any commercial value. The video had us all in hysterics, it was just so Dal.

Poi E! lifted the spirits of the people, and opened up new pathways for our young people to learn te reo. It was the beginning of a powerful musical collaboration, which ended with Ngoi’s death. Dal continued with their vision, adding a musical and an animated video to his long list of achievements (see )

In recent times, Dal turned his talents to diplomacy. The Mokamokai Education Trust took up the legacy of the late Maui Pomare, pursuing delicate negotiations with museums overseas for the return of body parts of our tupuna to their iwi for burial.

Maui is currently lying in state at Pariroa Pa, near Patea.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Rapid Antigen Testing

National Party leader Christopher Luxon is being allowed to get away with murder. Luxon is not being challenged over his repeated assertions that the rest of the world has enjoyed ready access to rapid antigen tests (aka RATS) for a year, so why aren’t we? In fact, the reality across the Tasman for the past month has seen a colossal shambles unfold over (a) the availability and (b) the affordability of these tests. RATS have become a case of panic buying on steroids. Amid reports of price gouging, stock-piling, socially inequitable access and empty shelves...


Government: Announces Three Phase Public Health Response To Omicron
The Government has announced a three phase Omicron plan that aims to slow down and limit the spread of an outbreak, Associate Minister of Health, Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “Through the course of managing Omicron, we will be taking a phased approach. As case numbers grow both testing and isolation approaches will change in response... More>>

Save The Children: Thousands Join Call To Retain New Zealand’s Children’s Commissioner

More than 6000 Kiwis have joined Save the Children New Zealand’s call to retain the vital role of Children’s Commissioner, as the Government considers a new bill proposing major changes to the office, including the removal of a named Children’s Commissioner... More>>

Science Media Centre: Omicron Outbreak Would Move The Country To Red - Expert Reaction

The Prime Minister has announced if Omicron cases spread into the community, the country will move to the traffic light system's Red setting within 48 hours. Jacinda Ardern also mentioned there will be changes to the country's testing regime, with more use of Rapid Antigen Tests... More>>

Transparency International: New Zealand Retains Top Ranking In Annual Corruption Perceptions Index
New Zealand is once again ranked least corrupt in the world by Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index. This year New Zealand’s score of 88 out of 100 is unchanged resulting in it being first equal with Denmark and Finland... More>>

TradeMe: Property Prices Increase By A Record 25% In One Year
In December, the national average asking price jumped by a quarter year on year, to reach a new high of $956,150, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index. Trade Me Property Sales Director Gavin Lloyd said last month’s national average asking price increase was the largest on record... More>>

Statistics: Departures Lift Border Crossing Numbers

The number of people crossing New Zealand’s border went up in November 2021, mostly due to an increase in departures, Stats NZ said today. There were 28,700 border crossings in November 2021, made up of 12,300 arrivals and 16,400 departures... More>>




InfoPages News Channels