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He Aitua | Nuki Waaka – Maori Vocanics founder dies
One of the founders of showband the Maori Volcanics has died.
Band frontman Nuki Waaka, 79, died in his sleep on Sunday November 27.
At this stage it is unclear what caused his death.
He had been due for a hip operation in just under two weeks, but this is unrelated to his death.
Having grown up in Whakatane, Waaka and his then wife Marge “Mahora” formed the Maori Volcanics in 1964.
It was during this Maori showband era that the Maori Volcanics made their mark on the music world, with the pair travelling from American to Canada and the Caribbean until 1974.
The band became the most successful and enduring of the Maori showbands, launching the careers of Billy T. James and Prince Tui Teka.
Waaka also formed the Maori Skyliners, which worked in Surfers Paradise in Australia until 1984.
He spent his life entertaining audiences with the rock and roll showband music which shot him to fame.
The musician will be buried in Australia on December 2, and as a returned serviceman, he will be buried at a special plot. However the location is yet to be confirmed.