Kei te pāpā e Ngāpo
Ko koe rā kua riro ki te pūtahitanga o Rehua
E tangi apakura ana taku manu kaewa ki te tihi o Ahitītī
Kua hora nei koe ki te moenga, ki te hunanga o te tangata hokinga kore ki muri.
The Māori Party mourns with the rest of Aotearoa in the passing of Dr Ngāpo Wehi, QSM.
He, along with the late Dr Pimia Wehi, QSM were instrumental in carrying on the legacy of one of the oldest Kapa rōpū - Waihirere before forming Te Waka Huia.
They devoted their lives to Kapa Haka, says Māori Party co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell. Their hakapapa lives on through the many generations they have taught. Our culture will be forever enriched by the likes of these greats.
Ngāpo was the Godfather of Kapa Haka. We send our aroha and thoughts to the whānau at this time and we thank the whānau for sharing their pāpā with us over the many years, says Māori Party co-leader, Marama Fox.
Te Manu Huia kua tau
Te Waka Huia kua mau
He Waka Huia koe