Maori Community honours Elton John

December 9th, 2007 - 5:01 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Dec 9 (ANI): Sir Elton John has been honored by the Maori community for his incessant loyalty to the Polynesian people of New Zealand.

The 60-year-old was presented with a specially made bird-feather cloak - called a Korowai - by a member of the Ngati Te Whiti sub-tribe.

The Rocket Man star was honoured just after his concert in the city of New Plymouth.

According to the group’s chairman Peter Love, this accolade is the “Maori equivalent to an Academy Award” and makes the singer an honorary member of the Ngati Te Whiti.

“(The Korowai) was gifted as recognition of the enjoyment Sir Elton John’s music has give to Maori over the years and his loyal continuance to return to Aotearoa (Maori name for New Zealand) to entertain, Contactmusic quoted him, as saying. (ANI)

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