William Gugi Waaka

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William "Gugi" Waaka (actually Hore Wiremu Waaka ; * 1937 or 1938 in Whakatāne , New Zealand ; † July 5, 2014 in Auckland , New Zealand) was a New Zealand Māori guitarist and singer.

Waaka served in the Air Force and left in the 1960s. His career began in the Auckland dance halls in the 1960s. He was a member of the bands Quin Tikis and Maori Volcanics and also toured Australia with them .

Together with his brother Nuki (1932–2011) he was formative for the Māori show bands in New Zealand.

He died on July 5, 2014 at the age of 76 years from heart disease and, after lying in state in Papakura Marae in the cemetery of Orakei Marae buried next to his daughter.

Individual evidence

  1. Death Notice & Guest Book Preview for Hore Wiremu Waaka , The New Zealand Herald (subscription access)
  2. a b c Māori TV: Pillar of Māori entertainment William Gugi Waaka passes away. July 7, 2014; accessed January 26, 2015
  3. a b c d Waatea news: Showband veteran Gugi Waaka dies. July 7, 2014; accessed January 26, 2015
  4. a b Mahora Peters, James George: Showband !: Mahora and the Māori Volcanics. Huia Publishers, 2006, ISBN 1-869691-59-8 , p. 66 ( limited preview in Google book search).
  5. Tama Huata: Farewell to one of our icons . In: Waiata Magazine . No. 2, December 2011, p. 2. Accessed August 22, 2018.