‘Huge loss for Aotearoa and Maoridom’

RESPECT: Hone Ngata, known as DJ Poroufessor, died suddenly last week. The lover of music was a lover of people too and focused much of his life on helping rangatahi. Pictures supplied

The hip hop prince with a passion for people and music has made his last journey home to Wairoa Marae, Tauranga.

Hone Te Ihi o Te Rangi Ngata, more famously known as DJ Poroufessor, died suddenly of a suspected medical condition last Wednesday night.

The heart and soul of Code, a sports show on Maori Television for 10 years, had made a name for himself through his love for homegrown tunes while being the resident DJ.

But there was more than meets the eye with Hone, said Te Hamua Nikora (Ngati Porou) who grew up on the same street in the East Coast, only houses away from his cousin.

“He would have given the shirt off his back for anyone who needed it.

“Rangatahi (youth) were his passion. He would feed them and clothe them. He’d do anything for them.”

When Hone was in his teens, he moved to Tauranga with his mother and it was here he fell in love with the hip hop world.

“He would come back to Gizzy with the hip shoes and the baggy pants. He sort of helped me to be cool because I had no idea,” Nikora said.

But it was an opportunity to work in Chicago that shaped Hone’s life. He was commissioned to help move Ruatepupuke, a whare whakairo (meeting house) from the East Coast, out of storage where it had been resting for some years.

“His experience there has marked his life ever since which is evident in the birth of his son, who was given the name of that house.”

A colleague and good friend, Matai Smith, said the love Hone had for his whanau was like no other.

“The love that exuded out of him for his wife, Donna, and his son was huge. They were his world, and the second part of his world was the music.”

Smith said Hone’s death was a huge loss for Aotearoa and Maoridom. “He was always about other people and helping others.

“He was the personification of the word humble because even in the world he walked in, it didn’t matter if it was Che Fu or someone in the audience, he would treat them with the same respect.”

On behalf of his Maori Television whanau, Lilly Jordan said everyone was devastated by the news of Hone’s death.

“We hope we can make him proud of the work we now do with rangatahi and Maori entertainment.

“We just hope his whanau know how much he meant to everybody here.”

Hone, also a car fanatic, was driven down from Auckland on Friday with a convoy of low rider cars to rest at Wairoa Marae.

He is survived by his son Ruatepupuke Ngata and wife Donna-Jean Tairi-Ngata. — Bay of Plenty Times

The hip hop prince with a passion for people and music has made his last journey home to Wairoa Marae, Tauranga.

Hone Te Ihi o Te Rangi Ngata, more famously known as DJ Poroufessor, died suddenly of a suspected medical condition last Wednesday night.

The heart and soul of Code, a sports show on Maori Television for 10 years, had made a name for himself through his love for homegrown tunes while being the resident DJ.

But there was more than meets the eye with Hone, said Te Hamua Nikora (Ngati Porou) who grew up on the same street in the East Coast, only houses away from his cousin.

“He would have given the shirt off his back for anyone who needed it.

“Rangatahi (youth) were his passion. He would feed them and clothe them. He’d do anything for them.”

When Hone was in his teens, he moved to Tauranga with his mother and it was here he fell in love with the hip hop world.

“He would come back to Gizzy with the hip shoes and the baggy pants. He sort of helped me to be cool because I had no idea,” Nikora said.

But it was an opportunity to work in Chicago that shaped Hone’s life. He was commissioned to help move Ruatepupuke, a whare whakairo (meeting house) from the East Coast, out of storage where it had been resting for some years.

“His experience there has marked his life ever since which is evident in the birth of his son, who was given the name of that house.”

A colleague and good friend, Matai Smith, said the love Hone had for his whanau was like no other.

“The love that exuded out of him for his wife, Donna, and his son was huge. They were his world, and the second part of his world was the music.”

Smith said Hone’s death was a huge loss for Aotearoa and Maoridom. “He was always about other people and helping others.

“He was the personification of the word humble because even in the world he walked in, it didn’t matter if it was Che Fu or someone in the audience, he would treat them with the same respect.”

On behalf of his Maori Television whanau, Lilly Jordan said everyone was devastated by the news of Hone’s death.

“We hope we can make him proud of the work we now do with rangatahi and Maori entertainment.

“We just hope his whanau know how much he meant to everybody here.”

Hone, also a car fanatic, was driven down from Auckland on Friday with a convoy of low rider cars to rest at Wairoa Marae.

He is survived by his son Ruatepupuke Ngata and wife Donna-Jean Tairi-Ngata. — Bay of Plenty Times

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