Ngaire Fuata topped the Kiwi charts for five weeks in 1990 with her confident take on 60s classic 'To Sir with Love'. Album Ngaire, released in 1991, included further singles 'So Divine' and Ardijah remake 'When the Feeling is Gone’. Ngaire had already begun in television before her brush with pop fame; she went on to work behind the scenes on a number of screen projects, including many years on Pacific Island news show Tagata Pasifika. Raised in Whakatane by Dutch and Rotuman parents, she travelled to her father’s tiny Pacific island for 2011 documentary Salat se Rotuma – Passage to Rotuma.
'To Sir with Love' was a chart topper for newcomer Ngaire Fuata in 1990, after winning unexpected airplay on the ZM radio network. Remade often since Lulu's 1967 original featured in the hit Sidney Poitier movie of the same name, this version pushes Ngaire's winning vocal and a slinky beat. The result topped Kiwi charts for five weeks. The largely black and white video shows Ngaire has little fear of the camera; she had recently begun working in TV, and would later present Pacific news show Tagata Pasifika. Ex-Commodores bassist Ronald La Praed (unseen here) plays on the track.