Tama Renata’s fretwork made him a fixture of the local music scene for over three decades. As well as playing stints for Herbs, funk-reggae act Papa and singer Sonny Day, the self-proclaimed "speed king of NZ guitar" was perhaps best known for composing the iconic theme for Once Were Warriors — and its love song 'Here Is My Heart' (with fellow Herbs members Dilworth Karaka and Charlie Tumahai). Renata was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2012 for his work with Herbs. He passed away on 4 November 2018, a day before he was due to perform at a tribute concert for guitarist Billy TK.
Tama Renata’s memorable theme for Once Were Warriors embedded itself in the New Zealand psyche as much as the line “cook me some eggs”, or the ominous buzzing sounds of the pūrerehua. In this promo clip, the Herbs guitarist takes centre stage as he shreds on a custom stratocaster cast in traditional wood whakairo (carving). The shots of Renata playing are interspersed with iconic scenes from the movie, which launched its takeover of New Zealand cinemas in mid 1994, before screening around the globe. Tama Renata passed away on 4 November 2018.