NZ rugby legend Sir Colin Meads has died after a year-long battle with cancer. The former All Black is believed to have passed away early this morning aged 81. Māori rugby commentator Hemana Waaka says he was a great leader not only in the Pākēhā world but in the Māori world as well.
He was an All Black, a sir, a legend.
Māori rugby fans saw him as a strong pillar for both worlds.
He was known affectionately as Pinetree for his size and strength.
Sir Colin played 133 matches for the All Blacks.
He's a hero in his hometown of Te Kūiti. Only two months ago, they unveiled a monument in his honour.
Sir Colin was also a prized guest on our very Māori Television programmes.
In 2009, he was knighted.
A man who was also in close communication with dignitaries and even the royals.
Sir Colin is survived by his wife Verna and five children.