Maxwell shares memories of Wehi

Mere McLean

He maruwehi, koia tā Te Horowaewae Maxwell mō Tākuta Ngāpō Wehi ka ngaro nei. He punga o te mahi kapa haka i roto o Te Arawa a Te Horowaewae, he pou-tātaki, he pouwhakahaere ō-mua o te rōpū haka o Ngāti Rangiwewehi, i te taha o tōna hoa rangatira, i a Atareta. Hei ko tāna, he mauhanga haka uaua rawa kua mahue mai nei.

Rua tekau tau ki muri, ko te whakaeke tēnei a Te Waka Huia ki Rotorua.  E ai ki a Trevor Maxwell (Ngāti Rangiwewehi), na tērā i huri ai te au i ngā mahi ā rehia.  

Hei tā Maxwell “I remember standing in the wings because Waka Huia was on before us, before we came out in the final and I had seen their performance the day before in the qualifying rounds.  That was good, but we had faith in our entry and our programme.

I tērā tau, ko Ngāti Rangiwewehi i toa, ko te whakataetae kapa haka Aotearoa Māori tērā.  I raro te rōpū o Te Waka Huia i a Ngapo rāua ko Nen Wehi, ā, e ono ngā wā kua toa i a rātou tēnei whakataetae, kāre ano tētahi atu rōpū kia pērā.

E ai ki a Maxwell, “He's leaving a record (that is) hard to beat I think it’s just the respect and the admiration for what Bub and Nen have done for our beautiful performing arts, Māori performing arts.”

Ka mutu te whakataetae, hei ko tā Trevor ētahi wā ka haere ngā kapa e rua ki tāwāhi ki te haka, ia te wā he rangatira kaha a Ngapo.

Hei tā Maxwell, “The thing that sums Bub up for me is (he was) highly competitive and highly respected.” 

Ka heke atu a Maxwell ki Turanga nui a Kiwa i te taha o te ope o Te Arawa hei tēnei Raapa, hei reira tuku poroporoki ki a Ngapo me tōna whānau.