Herbs Profile

Peter McLennan
22 May 2013

“We were the voice for a lot of people that just weren‘t getting heard.” – Dilworth Karaka

In the mid 1970s the founding members of Herbs – Toni Fonoti, Spencer Fusimalohi and Fred Faleauto – were playing in a band called Backyard. They asked Dilworth Karaka to join, and considered renaming themselves Pacific Herbs, before settling on Herbs. Other early members of the band included Dave Pou, Phil Toms and John Berkley, who designed the band’s distinctive logo.

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Willie Hona with Herbs at the Greenpeace Concert, Mt. Smart Stadium, 5 April 1986
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Herbs in Mascot Studios, circa 1980/81. Left to right: Dilworth Karaka, Spencer Fusimalohi, Fred Faleauto, Phil Toms, Toni Fonoti.
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Herbs in 1990 - clockwise from bottom left: Gordon Joll. Thom Nepia, Dilworth Karaka, Charlie Tumahai, Tama Lundun, Morrie Watene
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Dilworth Karaka and Fred Faleauto of Herbs backstage in Aotea Square before the riots, 1984
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Herbs circa 1987. Left to right: Dilworth Karaka, Charlie Tumahai, Thom Nepia, Willie Hona, Fred Faleauto, Maurice Watene.
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Herbs In Ruatoria documentary - The Power of Music (Te Kaha o Te Waiata)
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Dilworth Karaka with Joe Walsh, Mascot Studios, April 1989
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Charlie Tumahai and Dilworth Karaka
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Dilworth Karaka and Willie Hona with Herbs
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Herbs live in 1985: You Were Always On My Mind, Repatriation and We're Crazy Man
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RipItUp, July 1987
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Long Ago
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NZ Music Hall of Fame 2012
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French Letter '95
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Herbs play Princes Wharf, October 1985
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Charlie Tumahai and Willie Hona with Herbs in Palmerston North, 1987
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Charlie Tumahai, Greenpeace Concert, Mt. Smart, 5 April 1986
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1993 - Clockwise: Tama Renata, Kristen Hapi, Morrie Watene, Dilworth Karaka, Juanito Muzzio, Charlie Tumahai, Tama Lundon
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Dragons And Demons
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The Xmas card sleeve for the 'Jah's Son' single, December1982
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Herbs and Che Fu sing Slice Of Heaven at the 2001 Silver Scrolls
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1982 RipItUp ad
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Herbs with Tim Finn, 1988
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RipItUp, November 1984
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Sensitive to a Smile
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Whats' Be Happen? the landmark 1981 mini-LP from Herbs, issued just prior to that year's Springbok Tour. The sleeve featured an image of the police action to clear Bastion Point in May, 1978.
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Dave Dobbyn and Herbs - Slice Of Heaven (Footrot Flats trailer)
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Willie Hona, 1985
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 Herbs welcomed at Mangahanea Marae, Ruatoria in 1987 for the launch of Sensitive To A Smile
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Herbs reunited at the 1999 APRA Silver Scrolls
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Charlie Tumahai and Joe Walsh, Mascot Studios, April 1989
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Jack Allen around 1983
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Herbs circa 1987. Clockwise from top left: Thom Nepia, Charlie Tumahai, Fred Faleauto, Willie Hona, Dilworth Karaka, Maurice Watene.
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Herbs, Ardijah, Aotearoa and Dread Beat & Blood. Taken in Whangarei at the last gig of a tour with all four bands in 1986.
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WEA boss Tim Murdoch presents Herbs with platinum albums. Back, left to right: Murdoch, Dilworth Karaka, Tama Lundon, Fred Faleauto, Maurice Watene. Front: Willie Hona, Thom Nepia.
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A late 1980s Herbs poster
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E Papa (live in Ruatoria 1987)
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Herbs and Dave Dobbyn during the Slice Of Heaven video shoot
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Dilworth Karaka
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RipItUp, March 1983 with dancers
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Trivia:

On December 7, 1984, Herbs played the opening set in a free concert in Aotea Square that deteriorated into the Queen Street Riot. The Thank God It’s Over concert marked the end of the school year and also featured the Mockers and headliners DD Smash on the bill. Police shut the concert down during DD Smash’s set and thousands of concert-goers poured into Queen Street, smashing property and looting, causing an eventual $6 million worth of damage.

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Members:

Dilworth Karaka

Toni Fonoti

Phil Toms

Spencer Fusimalohi

John Berkley

Fred Faleauto

Charlie Tumahai

Maurice Watene

Tama Lundon

Willie Hona

Jack Allen

Carl Perkins

Thom Nepia

Tama Renata

Gordon Joll

Grant Pukeroa

Kristen Hapi

Juanito Muzzio