Bunny Wal­ters awarded Mu­sic Award

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

LUKE KIRKEBY/ STUFF

New Zealand mu­sic icon Bunny Wal­ters’ part­ner Anne Waahi and his brother Abe Wal­ters and the award.

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