Farewell to Mugwi

03:33, Dec 23 2013
Mugwi MacDonald
Mugwi Macdonald, Tohu Wines

Marlborough sportsman and businessman Haua Detoma (Mugwi) Macdonald died in Wairau Hospital in the early hours of Friday morning, following a fall. He was 84.

The former Maori All Black went on to play professional rugby league in Britain where he met his wife Marjorie. In later years, he excelled at golf.

Mr Macdonald was a key figure in the founding of the Maori-owned Wakatu Inc, sitting on its board from the company's establishment in 1977 until 2004. He retained an interest in the company which revered him as a kaumatua.

Mugwi MacDonald.
Recreational golfer and Maori mens health role model Mugwi MacDonald.

Past chairman Steve Marshall wrote in a Wakatu newsletter that Mr Macdonald had worried the incorporporation had become so big and professional it had outgrown him.

"It took some of us quite some time to persuade him that one of the reasons that Wakatu had grown without the speed wobbles that many companies experience when they grow, was the very fact that we had people like him on the board who would make sure that we didn't move too fast," Mr Marshall said.

He put many hours into supporting new trainees in the company.


Mugwi MacDonald
Mugwi Macdonald

Mr Macdonald's funeral service was held this morning at Wairau Pa.

He will be buried at the Maori Island urupa (cemetery).

He is survived by his wife Marjorie, four children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mugwi MacDonald
Mugwi and Marjorie Macdonald are celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2010

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