Prince Tui Teka Profile

John Dix
12 Jan 2014

It’s an endearing moment in New Zealand television – in front of a live audience, Prince Tui Teka serenades his mother and mother-in-law, both clearly uncomfortable, with ‘Mum’, a saccharine ballad with inane lyrics.

Corny. Soppy. In almost anyone else’s hands, this would be open to ridicule, but there is something appealing about a 140kg rough-hewn Māori with crooked teeth displaying his sentimental side so openly.

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Maori Troubadours - Shakin' In The Shaky Isle (1960)
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Prince Tui Teka with The Maori Volcanics
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Mum
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The tenor sax part for Hoki Mai - one wonders who wrote the note about "Poor Curry Curry Arna", perhaps an Australian player? It has been corrected.
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1983 Variety Show (clip 1)
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Prince Tui Teka in the mid 1970s
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Prince Tui Teka with The Maori Troubadours, Northern Australia, 1964
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The famed Māori linguist and teacher Ngoi Pewhairangi. Ngoi wrote the lyrics to two No.1 singles, The Patea Māori Club's Poi E and and Prince Tui Teka's E Ipo. She died in 1985.
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Prince Tui Teka in a publicity shot taken in 1983
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Tui Teka's chart for bass in The Stripper
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The Maori Volcanics. From left to right: Nuki Waaka, Tui Teka, Mahora Waaka, Hector Epae and Johnny Nelson, with Gilbert Smith at back
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The Maori Album (1976)
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Prince Tui Teka, early 1970s
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The Maori Volcanics, with Tui Teka at the rear
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The Maori Volcanics play Timaru
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The 1970s drum score for Pokare Kare/ Hoki Mai/ Amen
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The original 1970s score for the bass part in When The Next Teardrop Falls
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The third Ode album, from 1977
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The Maori Volcanics, mid to late 1960s. From left: Gugi Waaka, Tui Teka, John (Gimmick) Cameron and Johnny Nelson, doing the 'Guitar boogie' where they played each other's guitar as well as their own
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The Maori Volcanics doing their broken glass act, with Margery Mahora Peters, Nuki Waaka, John Nelson, Gilbert Smith and Prince Tui Teka
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It's unknown if these handwritten lyrics are penned by Tui Teka but they come from the music used by his band in the 1970s
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E Ipo
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Publicity portrait of Prince Tui Teka by an unknown photographer, 1972
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Maori Battalion Trilogy
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A late 1950s Australian EP - Tui Teka is in the centre
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Tui Teka's debut album for Ode, released in 1974
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The Maori Volcanics in Scotland - with Margery Mahora Peters, Nuki Waaka, John Nelson and Prince Tui Teka
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Trivia:

The bands on many of the 1970s Ode recordings were some of the best in the land and included Quincy Conserve and Rocking Horse