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Prince Tui Teka


Larger than life and the ultimate showband performer, Prince Tui Teka's resume included years on the international circuit with the Māori Troubadours and the Māori Volcanics. A successful solo career and love songs like 'E Ipo' as well as appearances in films like Came a Hot Friday and Savage Islands have ensured his name is part of New Zealand entertainment history.

He used to drive around in his big red 1964 Chevrolet Impala convertible with a TV in the back of the seat. Everyone knew when Tui and his fleet arrived in town, you could hear us coming a mile away. That was Tui: a big fanfare for a big man. Māori Volcanics singer Mahora Peters, in her 2005 book Showband: Mahora and the Māori Volcanics