He Aitua - Henry Maxwell

Many of you will already have heard the news that past/present Horouta Waka Hoe paddling stalwart, Henry Maxwell, died Sunday evening after a period of illness. Whilst details of his tangi have yet to be notified, this panui is to acknowledge Henry’s contribution to the club over the many past years

Besides having paddled in the Masters and Senior Master Men’s division, which included a Gold Medal in 2014 at nationals (SMM Waihora W12 below), he also gave us a few of his mokopuna who paddled for the club,

including multi Gold medalist, Manaakiao Maxwell. His daughter, Hayley, Manaakiao’s mother, has also been very involved with the club and the teams that her children have paddled with over the years.


Henry will be missed. A quiet unassuming man but very focused, considered and committed in everything he did. He excelled at rugby, playing at the highest level at club, provincial (Counties) and the NZ Maori’s, a quality he brought to his paddling as well.


On behalf of Horouta Waka Hoe I wish to convey our thoughts and aroha to Henry’s whanau.


Ka kore tenei mea o te aroha e mimiti, e pupu tonu ana ki te whatumanawa mo ake, ake.

Love is not a sentiment that diminishes but a feeling that endures in our hearts forever.


Walton Walker

Chairman Horouta Waka Hoe


With COVID 19 restrictions still in place the opportunity to join Henry and the whanau will be limited.

That aside, for those of you who may want to contribute to the family at this time you can deposit to:  


L&R Savage: 03-0219-0020145-000 (or call Haze Richardson: 027-343-9390)


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  1. Aroha nui ki te whanau pani
    Brightwell whanau - 13-May-2020
  2. Kei te pāpā, haere rā koe ki a nunui mā, ki a roroa mā, te pō i a koe, ka tau.
    Koutou te kiri mate, koutou kua kākahutia ki te kākahu taratara o te mate, tēnei te mihi aroha, ka tau.

    Nā mātou te whānau o Waitākere.
    Waitākere Waka Ama - 13-May-2020
  3. Mihi nui kia koe. Henare me old rugby adversary (GMC) and Horouta waka ama team mate . our world will be poorer without you in it. e hoa
    Kia kaha Whanau
    G. Wainohu - 19-May-2020
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