Wally Tairakena




Age: 60


Summary: Maori musician and composer best known as the co-founder and drummer of the Christchurch, New Zealand-based three-piece original contemporary world music rhythm band Svelte that also included his wife Donna Tairakena who have had audiences grooving at festivals from the North to the South with personal highlights being like the Nile River Festival on the West Coast, the Whangarei Jazz and Blues Festival, the White Whitecliffs Folk Festival and Womad with the release of their self-titled debut CD in 2002.



Cause of Death: Killed during an earthquake


Born: 1950


Died: February 22, 2011


Location: Christchurch, New Zealand