Upper Hutt Posse Profile

Ariana Tikao
Published: 7 Dec 2016
Updated: 26 Oct 2018

“Karanga, rangatahi, whakarongo! Whakarongo!” are the opening lyrics of Upper Hutt Posse’s iconic debut ‘E Tū’, which urges young people to “Listen up”, “Stand up!” and “Be Proud!” Nearly 30 years later the band continues to produce music that challenges what founding member Te Kupu refers to as “the shitstem”.

Upper Hutt Posse (UHP) stands firmly as the progenitor of hip hop music in Aotearoa. The group has 22 music videos and seven albums to date. It formed in 1985, initially as a four-piece reggae band, and is named after the area in which the Hapeta brothers grew up.

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Upper Hutt Posse - Tohe (Kia Kaha Productions, 2010)
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MC Wiya and D Word, Detroit 1990
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Upper Hutt Posse's 1989 single Do It Like This, released on the Southside Records label through Festival Records
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Upper Hutt Posse - That's The Beat (1990)
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Upper Hutt Posse - Know (2011)
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Upper Hutt Posse - Dread On A Mission (1997, directed by Chris Graham)
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Upper Hutt Posse in Christchurch, 1988
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Upper Hutt Posse and support acts at the Rimutaka Tavern, Upper Hutt, on the Declaration Of Resistance Tour 2012
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Hip Hop New Zealand documentary part 1 (2003)
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DLT, Upper Hutt Posse, 1990
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Upper Hutt Posse in Mount Street, Auckland, 1990
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As The Blind See (1996)
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Upper Hutt Posse, 1990 - Acid Dread, D-Word, DLT, Wiya
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Upper Hutt Posse - Resistance (2011)
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Upper Hutt Posse - Ka Whawhai Tonu Mātou (2011)
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Upper Hutt Posse with Public Enemy, Auckland 1990
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Upper Hutt Posse's 2011 album Declaration Of Resistance, released through Kia Kaha Productions
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Upper Hutt Posse - E Tū (1988)
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Upper Hutt Posse in Sydney, 1990
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Upper Hutt Posse on Māoribank Bridge, late 1980s. From left: MC Wiya, Te Kupu/D Word (standing), MC B-Ware (kneeling), DLT (on railing), Blue Dread
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Upper Hutt Posse - E Tū remix (te reo, 2004)
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Upper Hutt Posse - Great Crime (2008)
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Upper Hutt Posse - Ragga Girl (1992)
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Upper Hutt Posse - Stormy Weather (1991)
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Upper Hutt Posse with Murray Cammick and Auckland DJ and Box doorman Time Sulsui, 1990
Photo credit: Photo by Darryl Ward
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Upper Hutt Posse - Ngāti (2006)
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Upper Hutt Posse - Mō Ake (2010)
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Upper Hutt Posse - Ragga Girl (live on TV3's Yahoo)
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Housequake! II poster for a house/hip hop extravaganza at Auckland's Power Station, 23 March 1989. The event featured DJs and a performance by Upper Hutt Posse
Photo credit: Russell Brown collection
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Upper Hutt Posse performing as a reggae band at the Clarendon, Wellington, 1987
Photo credit: Upper Hutt Posse 
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Mike Weston and Tangata Records co-owner and Upper Hutt Posse manager George Hubbard
Photo credit: Photo by Simon Grigg
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Upper Hutt Posse receive the Taite Classic Record award, 2016
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Teremoana Rapley and D Word of Upper Hutt Posse, Sydney, 1990
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Movement in Demand, Tangata Records, 1995
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Upper Hutt Posse and friend at the 1989 Rheineck Rock Awards at The Powerstation in Auckland's Mt Eden
Photo credit: Photo by Brigid Grigg-Eyley
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Upper Hutt Posse's groundbreaking E Tū, 1988
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Upper Hutt Posse's D Word, 1992
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Journalist Graham Reid and Upper Hutt Posse's D Word, 1994
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Upper Hutt Posse was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame in 2018. The Hall of Fame is an initiative of Recorded Music NZ and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), whose support of AudioCulture enables the site to stream music content.
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Southside Records


Tangata Records


Kia Kaha Productions

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