Ike Metekingi Profile

aka Ihaka Epiha Turoa Metekingi
John Dix
21 Mar 2017

Ike Metekingi was often maligned by those who didn’t know him. Following Billy T James’s tangi, an Auckland promoter, who’d had an early association with the superstar entertainer, told me that it was nigh impossible to negotiate directly with Billy “after Ike Metekingi’s lot got in there.”

In truth, Billy T James was no one’s fool and he felt far more comfortable with Ike than with the television and other entertainment industry people hovering around. Billy’s daughter Cherie/Ruby concurs. “Exactly! Dad didn’t let many people in, only sensitive people, and Ike was one of the few. Dad trusted and respected him and he knew that Ike was loyal and would look out for him. I always remember Ike decked out in tight jeans, boots, bomber jacket and hat. Chur chur chur. Dad and Ike would yak away in their own language, it seemed to me – they had their own way of talking when they were together. I was only a kid but I was pleased for the part that Ike played in our lives, pleased that Dad had people like Ike and Rick [Harris] around him.”

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Ike Metekingi on the yacht that manager Jim Anderson proposed sailing from New Zealand to England, with the Maori Hi-Five gigging on the way in Australia and Asia
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Ike Metekingi at the Club Cubana, Wellington, c. 1958. The Hi-Five Mambo’s logo on the kick drum was made by early member Costa Christie using cardboard, glue and sparkles
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Hi-Five Mambo, from left: Jimmy Rivers, Rob Hemi, Sol Pohatu, Ike Metekingi, Costa Christie. Taken at the Cubana Club, Wellington 1958
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Ike Metekingi at the Club Cubana, Wellington, c. 1958.
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Johnny Devlin in shiny suit, being introduced in Whanganui; the Hi-Five Mambo are his backing band
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Ike Metekingi of The Planets, 1956
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Hi-Five Mambo at The Cabana Club, Wellington, 1958: Sol Pohatu, Jimmy "Junior" Rivers, Ike Metekingi, Robbie Hemi and Costa Christie
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Fro Hunia of The Planets, 1956
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Jimmy “Junior” Rivers of The Hi-Five Mambo, Club Cubana, Wellington, c. 1958
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Ike Metekingi at the Club Cubana, Wellington, c. 1958
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The Māori Hi-Five in Wanganui, October 1958: Ike Metekingi, Costa Christie, Jimmy Rivers, Robbie Heke, Fron The Pro (a guest) and Solomon Potahu
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Scruff with Tommy Ferguson and Maori Hi-Five founder Ike Mete-Kingi, Stranded In Paradise launch, November 2005
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Ike Metekingi of The Hi-Five Mambo, Club Cubana, Wellington, c. 1958
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The Kon Tikis, Rutland Hotel, Whanganui, 1968. From left, Tama Smith, Ike Metekingi and Terry Karatou; sitting, Billy Larkin
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The Planets. From left are Ike Metekingi, Fro “the Pro” Hunia, and Kawana Pohe; the two musicians on the right are unknown
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Jimmy “Junior” Rivers of The Hi-Five Mambo, Club Cubana, Wellington, c. 1958
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Kawana Pohe, left, and Jimmy Rivers on maracas, 1959
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Ike Metekingi in Whanganui, c. 1956-1957
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The Planets, Whanganui, c. 1956-1957. Kawana Pohe is second from left, Ike Metekingi second from right, Fro “the Pro” Hunia at far right
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The Diplomats, 1962. From left: Hoe Maramaru, Ike Metekingi, Bill Tangihau, Massey Williams, Frank Tyson and Tuki Witika
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