Tenei te mihi ki a Lloyd Burr.The TV3 reporter was the first to release a story that the well-respected Maori kuia, Nanny Hui Kahu has died after a battle with cancer.
Nanny Hui was the poi and vocal soloist of the Patea Maori Club’s song Poi E and so the news of her death was worth the nod and I thought it was an excellent example of how mainstream can present a story about Maori issues in an appropriate manner.
I do not know if Lloyd Burr is Maori but regardless of race the story was sensitive without diving too far into the family’s grief. Burr spoke to a family friend about what the loss meant to him and gave enough personal details about Nanny Hui for to gain a better picture of who the lady was. He also said where the tangi was so that those who wanted to attend and pay their respects could do so.
These sorts of stories are often covered by Maori Television’s Te Kaea and TV1’s Te Karere but seldom do they reach mainstream media and it was refreshing to see it covered in such a way. The Stuff website picked up the story and had to use the line: “Family friend Steve Rangihuna told 3 News she was humble person ‘who put everyone else first - she was generous and giving’”, a good acknowledgement of the reporter's work.
Keep up the good work Lloyd.
Tenei te mihi ki te whanau o Nanny Hui, e aroha nui atu ana ki a koutou i teenei waa. Moe mai e te rangatira.