Bunny Walters Profile

aka Miha Walters, Miha Tekokiri Waahi
Steven Shaw
20 Jun 2014

Bunny Walters is often remembered as a TV pop star who sang covers of international hits on mainstream music variety shows. But his contribution to NZ music is too easily dismissed: a talented performer influenced by The Drifters and Tom Jones, Walters enjoyed a string of Top 10 hits in the early 1970s.

From 1969 to 1974, Walters recorded and released singles, starting with ‘Just Out Of Reach’. That song just nudged into the Top 20, but his 1972 release, ‘Brandy’, kicked off a dream run of singles, including the Tony Christie-styled ‘Take The Money and Run’, ‘Home Isn’t Home Anymore’, and ‘The Nearest Thing To Heaven’.

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Bunny and manager Benny Levin, 1977
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Bunny Walters' 1972 album Sings For Lovers And Rockers. Recorded at Stebbings in Auckland, produced by Peter Dawkins and Bernie Allen.
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After a variety show in the early 1970s, performers including Rusty Greaves, Craig Scott and Bunny Walters are presented to the VIPs in the audience.
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Prince Charles meets Max Cryer, Miss New Zealand (Carol Robinson), Corben Simpson and Bunny Walters at Superpop 70 in Auckland
Photo credit: Corben Simpson Collection
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Bunny Walters in Stebbing Studios, Herne Bay, Auckland, July 1977
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Bunny Walters performing in the early 1970s
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Performing on television in the early 1970s, Bunny Walters' face and voice were regular visitors to the living rooms of New Zealand for years
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The 1972 Australian single release of Take The Money And Run, licensed to the Image label based in Melbourne
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Bunny Walters, 1972
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Bunny Walters and Ray Columbus circa 1970
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Bunny Walters takes second place in Joe Brown's Search for Stars, 1970 (NZ On Screen)
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1976 Bunny Walters publicity shot proof sheet
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A series of shots of Bunny Walters in the foyer stairwell of Stebbings Studios, Auckland, 1977
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Bunny Walters
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Bunny Walters performs Rufus Thomas' Funky Chicken (from the Dalvanius Sweet Soul Music TV special, 1986)
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Bunny Walters performs with Ray Columbus and Angela Ayers circa 1970
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Bunny Walters, 1976
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Bunny Walters, Ritchie Pickett and Tom Sharplin
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Bunny Walters and Mary Yandall/Yandall Sisters singing Ray Charles' (Night Time is) The Right Time (from the Dalvanius Sweet Soul Music TV special, 1986)
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Bunny performing with Ray Columbus and Angela Ayers circa 1970
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Bunny Walters soul medley (from the Dalvanius Sweet Soul Music TV special, 1986)
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