The vocalist and poi soloist of Patea Maori Club's hit 'Poi-E', 'Nanny' Hui Kahu, has died aged 73. News via NZonScreen on Twitter.
Via stuff.co.nz: "The most memorable voice of New Zealand hit song Poi-E has lost her battle with cancer. "Nanny" Hui Kahu, 73, died this morning at her home in Hawera.
Known best for her work as the vocalist and poi soloist for the Patea Maori Club, those close to her say her death has left a cloud over Taranaki.
Family friend Steve Rangihuna told 3 News she was humble person "who put everyone else first - she was generous and giving".
She was a respected elder who was a great role model to all Maori and her death is a great loss to the country, he said. "She was a great performer and my kids really moulded themselves off her and not only how to perform onstage but off the stage too."
Kahu was a teacher at Hawera's Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Ruanui, and was married to Syd Kahu.