Mrs Margery Pita, of Kamo, MNZM, for services to music
Mrs Margery Pita, of Kamo, MNZM, for services to music.
Margery Pita was an original band member of the Māori Volcanics Showband, established in 1964, who went on to perform Māori and Polynesian song and dance in 53 countries over 40 years. She was also a member of ‘The Polynesian Trio’ and was integral to both bands in organising and booking tours. The Māori Volcanics Showband were part of the ‘Unsung Heroes’ television series for their contribution to the music industry in New Zealand. Mrs Pita has been performing with the band at aged-care facilities and fundraiser events for entertainers and musician funerals and can sing in several languages.