Veteran entertainer Sir Howard Morrison has died, aged 74. He had suffered ill-health for some time and died earlier today in Rotorua after becoming ill while in Rarotonga last week.
Sir Howard had been an entertainer since before the days of television, but made regular appearances on NZ screens. The Howard Morrison Quartet, formed in 1956 was one of New Zealand’s first pop groups, best known for My Old Man’s an All Black.
He worked overseas for a number of years, performing in Asia, before returning home in the late 70s to work with the Maori Affairs Department.
Prime Minister John Key, speaking from New York, paid tribute to Sir Howard, saying he was “a New Zealand success story. From humble beginnings he became an international success, first with the Howard Morrison Quartet, and then in an illustrious solo career.
“I pay tribute to a real gentleman. My thoughts are with his whanau at this time.”
Sir Howard received a knighthood in 1990 for services to entertainment, following an OBE in 1976.
Tributes are pouring into many of the major news sites, which have set up tribute pages. TVOne will replay To Sir With Love Friday at 8.30pm.
Details of Sir Howard’s tangi / funeral have not yet been announced.