TARANAKI POP ROYALTY & CULTURAL REVOLUTIONARY, NANNY HUI KAHU OF PAATEA MAORI CLUB, NEW ZEALAND DIES
In her day, she was pop royalty in New Zealand, the smiling face of a no.1 music hit and a cultural revolution of the Maori language – in mainstream Kiwi society. Her name was Nanny Hui Kahu - and In New Zealand, we all love her.
She came to fame when songwriter Dalvanius Prime and Ngoi Pewhairangi collaborated on electro-pop songs in the Maori language. Nanny Hui Kahu (who never quite did manage Dame status for her revolutionary role in New Zealand society) was the leading voice of the Paatea Maori Club on the pop charts. Their hit Poi E (click on pic above to hear) shot to number one and set the record for a no.1 hit for many weeks.
The people of Paatea were positioned in society at the time as being the victims of a freezing works closure. Out of work, they created music and toured the country together. Oil has been successfully extracted from their Maori tribal rohe (province) for about fifty years, so why these people ever suffered hardship of any kind, is still a mystery to most New Zealanders today. Their oil of joy, was contained in their song. On our radio stations we happily consumed the joie-de-vivre of life, or mauri (the life force) as we call it in NZ. Nanny Hui’s smiling face was the impetus of get-up-and-go spirit for many New Zealanders. She defined the underdog that triumphed in the face of difficulty. Loved her!
She lost her battle with cancer in Hawera, aged 76 and she is remembered and celebrated this week, by all New Zealanders who knew who she was.
TV3 has news coverage of Nanny Hui Kahu’s right royal Taranaki sendoff here. Of course, true blue Kiwis will be tuning into Te Karere and or Te Kaea TV formats for Nanny Hui’s celebration news of a Kiwi icon. Her expressions of Maori joy, instantly made her The Peoples Nanny of all of New Zealand in her day.
Stalwart of the Paatea Maori Club, Mrs Sylvia Kershaw also passed away too. RIP to two Kiwi greats.
[Photo courtesy of - http://news.tangatawhenua.com/archives/17409%5D.
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