Bunny Walters awarded Music Award
Success keeps coming for late New Zealand 70’s music icon Bunny Walters.
The Brandy and Take the Money and Run hitmaker, who died in 2016, was posthumously awarded an Iconic Maori Music Industry Award in the Whakaaria Mai category during the Maori Music Awards on Friday.
His Tokoroa based partner Anne Waahi and brother Abe Walters attended the ceremony, held at the Hastings Club, to receive the award on his behalf.
Waahi said she only found out Bunny had been nominated just over two weeks ago.
‘‘His niece Joeanne Tukaki Walters put his name forward for a nomination in July but unfortunately she passed away three weeks ago following a sudden illness so it was handed over to her sister Di Dudley Walters,’’ she said.
‘‘The next thing we know, about two-and-a-half weeks ago, Di rang and said ‘are you in Tokoroa because Bunny has been nominated for a music award on September 15 and I want you and Abe to go’. ‘‘We had no idea until then.’’ She said they didn’t have to think twice about attending the ceremony where the likes of Stan Walker, Maisey Rika, and Troy Kingi were also up for awards.
‘‘We went down with Bunny’s very good friend of 40 years Pete Mariu and his wife and it was an amazing night.
‘‘There was even a red carpet,’’ she said.
‘‘A lot of the artists I had never heard of as they were all really young but they were fabulous musicians.’’
‘‘When Bunny’s name was read out they flashed some vision up on the screen and called us to go up.
‘‘It was a bit taxing but absolutely very special.’’
Abe said he was proud to be able to represent his late brother and even had the chance to sing a waiata in his honour.
‘‘It was a real honour for all of us to go down and receive the award,’’ he said.
Waahi said the trophy is now proudly displayed in her home.
‘‘Bunny would have been humbled, really humbled and proud at the same time,’’ she said.
‘‘It will stay here until I die. It is really special.’’
She thanked the award organisers for the acknowledgement.
New Zealand music icon Bunny Walters’ partner Anne Waahi and his brother Abe Walters and the award.