He aitua! He aitua!
Karanga te ao, karanga te pō!
Nei rā te karanga a Hinenui te Pō ki tō tātou nei hoa rangatira kua hinga mai nei.
E te tungane, e Stu, taka mai te hupe me ngā roimata e wharikihia ki runga i a koe.
Haere tika ai ki te taumata o ngā taumata o te mate. Haere oki rā, moe mai rā, kati.
E aku hoa, it is with great sadness I share the passing of a good buddy of ours, Stu Hodges. Quite a shock, e hoa mā. Please share in my condolences to him and his whānau.
Stu launched his career in the mid-80s, qualified on the circuit in 1990-1991 and obtained his NZ Badge as holder number 208 in 1991-1992. Stu umpired for many years on the national circuit and in doing so he obtained his international licence under the former ISF organisation of World Softball in 2003.
- Wiremu Tamaki