Broadcaster, teacher and Māori language advocate Kōtuku Tibble spent his life championing te reo. Tibble boasted a diverse CV — he had a hand in the launch of te reo pop group, Aaria, taught around the North Island for 28 years, and presented shows for television and radio over more than a decade. The father of two passed away on 24 September 2017, at the age of 53.
Kōtuku was a stalwart for te reo Māori and celebrated for his bilingual, bicultural, charming, witty ‘Ngāti’ personality. He was truly unforgettable. Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble on her husband, Kōtuku Tibble