Missy Teka the wife of legendary performer the late Prince Tui Teka has been killed in a road crash in the Waikato.
Mrs Teka has been named as the driver killed in a head-on crash on SH2, near the intersection of Mangatangi Rd near Mangatawhiri, on Thursday.
Pukekohe police senior sergeant Rob Arnold said the crash happened at 3pm and closed SH2 for nearly six hours.
The cause of the crash was still being investigated, but Mr Arnold said early indications were Mrs Teka crossed the centre line into the path of a south-bound truck.
She was the sole occupant of the car and police say that she was killed instantly.
The truck driver received moderate injuries and was taken to Thames Hospital.
Last year Mrs Teka's contribution to Maori music was acknowledged at the inaugural Maori Music Awards held in Palmerston North.
She was named a Maori Music Icon, along with Prince Tui Teka, Sir Howard Morrison, composer Tommy Taurima and kapa haka icons Ngapo Wehi and Pimia Wehi.
Prince Tui Teka gained international fame during the 1970s when he performed with the Maori Volcanics in Sydney and throughout Japan.
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples said Prince Tui Teka's "special love" for his wife was obvious for all to see.
"It was a love that was wide enough for us all to be included," he said.
Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia said Mrs Teka was a talented musician in her own right.
"Missy was internationally renowned for her continuous support of her late husband Prince Tui Teka, but within her home of Tokomaru Bay and among Ngati Porou whanau she was seen as much much more.
"She was a talented modern musician, but could also hold her own on stage performing kapa haka."
Arrangements are being made for her funeral.
- Waikato Times