Young entertainer Jojo Waaka remembered

Young entertainer Jojo Waaka remembered


In the early hours of this morning,
the light of a kapa haka star, Waimarie Jojo Waaka, was dimmed. She was the daughter of Napi Tutewehiwehi Waaka
and Evelyn Soutar. She was 26-years-old. Some of her family spoke
about the late young star. A consummate entertainer is lost. This morning, it’s as if
the moon fell from the sky. Only recently the Waaka family
was bereaved with the loss of
Napi Tutewehiwehi Waaka. And while it hasn’t been long,
his daughter, Jojo Waaka, has joined him. No one knew she was sick. Her death was a shock. It’s a shocking and painful loss. She passed this morning in her home,
in the arms of her sister. Hohua Mohi and Murray Bidois say that all who came in contact
with her felt her warmth. They were shocked to hear the news. When you’d meet her,
you’d see her love shining through. If you touch the surface
of the water, you’ll see it ripple. That’s what ‘Joj’ was like. And just like her father, she was an entertainer
and a haka performer who always tried to make
those around her smile. This girl was a true treasure
of Te Arawa. She was loved by many,
old, young, and everyone in between. She was loved by all,
and she loved them back. Te Karere understands that Jojo Waaka will be taken
to lie at Te Takinga Marae. Hania Douglas, Te Karere.

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