13 May 2013

Thousands tuned into webcast of Horomia's tangi

7:02 am on 13 May 2013

Tens of thousands of people from across the world tuned into an internet broadcast of the funeral of the late Parekura Horomia.

The long-serving Labour Party MP died on 29 April.

Hera Ngata-Gibson was in charge of the live webcast of Mr Horomia's tangi at Hauiti Marae in Tolaga Bay, north of Gisborne.

A relative of Mr Horomia, Ms Ngata-Gibson, says people from countries all over the world tuned in to the web-feed.

She says 29,000 people connected to the webcast on the burial day from 103 different countries including the United States, Iraq, Iceland and from throughout the Pacific.

Ms Ngata-Gibson says whanau knew Mr Horomia was well-known but to see so many people tuning in was amazing.