News broke last week that Hone Te Ihi o Te Rangi Ngata, more commonly known as DJ Poroufessor, passed away suddenly last Wednesday night.
Hone was a long-time friend of Mai, and more specifically, he was a very close friend of one of our own, Phillip Bell (DJ Sir-Vere), who had this to say.
"Hone Ngata is one of the most well respected and revered DJs in Aotearoa.
As DJ Poroufessor he was a mentor, entertainer, teacher, and inspiring individual.
As a member of my Pac Heat sneaker whanau, he will be dearly missed by not only the crew, but by the community in general. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time"
Hone was a main fixture on Code, a popular Māori Television sports show for 10 years, and he established himself as a hero for homegrown and local music during his tenure as the shows resident DJ.
Who can forget how dope it was to see his collection of figurines and toys spinning with his turntables after every ad break?
Colleague and close friend, Matai Smith, spoke to NZME's Leah Tebbutt about the love Hone had for his own whanau:
"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."
"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."
Hone was taken from Auckland last Friday to Wairoa Marae, where he was laid to rest.
On behalf of the Mai FM whanau, we wish Hone's frineds and whanau all the best in this difficult time, you will always be whanau to us.
Moe mai ra Hone.