Mahinaarangi Tocker Profile

aka Mahinarangi Tocker, Mahina-a-rangi Tocker
Charlotte Yates
7 Mar 2019

Perhaps one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary NZ music was that of Mahinaarangi Tocker. Her inimitable vocal and guitar style, heartfelt songs and fearless performance endeared her to audiences, and garnered significant peer respect, amply displayed at the 2018 Auckland Arts Festival’s tribute concert, Love Me As I Am, a commemoration and celebration of Mahinaarangi’s life and music some 10 years after her untimely death at 52.

Mahinaarangi was the fourth of Rihitapuwai Rauhihi and Norman Tocker’s eight children. She was proud of her Māori/Pākehā heritage. Of Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Maniapoto descent through her mother, her father’s family was Jewish, with Celtic ancestry.

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Mahinaarangi Tocker (left) with Charlotte Yates, taken on 14 October 2000 by Mahinaarangi's cousin Peter Tocker at the now-defunct Harbourlight Theatre, Lyttelton. This was the last concert of their Arts on Tour collaboration, supported by Smokefree NZ. 
Photo credit: Peter Tocker
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Mahinaarangi Tocker.
Photo credit: Geoffrey Smith
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Charlotte Yates and Mahinaarangi Tocker, in a photo used for promotion for their appearance at the Sydney Lesbian Gay Mardi Gras, 2002. 
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Mahinaarangi Tocker - Mahinarangi (Tristar/Sony, 1996)
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A  personal note from Mahinaarangi Tocker included with her album 'Clothesline Conversation', 1985. 
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Recording demos for the 'Out of the Corners' compilation at The Lab studio, Auckland, 1982. From left: engineer Bill Latimer, Lynda Topp, and Mahinarangi Tocker
Photo credit: Bill Latimer collection
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Mahinaarangi Tocker acts in Michael Heath's short film, A Small Life, 2000. She also wrote the lyrics, to music by David Downes.
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Mahinaarangi Tocker - Te Ripo. Produced by Shona Laing, the album was released by Columbia/Sony in 1997. 
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From Mahinaarangi Tocker's CD 'The Mongrel in Me', recorded with many well-known New Zealand musicians from an assortment of genres (Jayrem, 2005). Photographs by Robert Catto.
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Mahinaarangi Tocker on the cover of Music in New Zealand, winter 1991. Photo by Geoffrey Smith, commissioned by William Dart.
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Mahinaarangi Tocker with Ashley Brown, backstage at Tuwhare performance, Wellington Town Hall, 2006.
Photo credit: Charlotte Yates collection
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Mahinaarangi Tocker, backstage at the Wellington Town Hall during a 'Tuwhare' performance, 2006.
Photo credit: Charlotte Yates collection
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Mahinaarangi Tocker, Whirimako Black, Jonathan Besser, Tuwhare performance, Wellington Town Hall, 2006.
Photo credit: Charlotte Yates collection
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Tocker & Yates: a CD from their 2000 tour - 17 dates "from Hokianga to Hokonui" supported by Smokefree NZ. The CD was released on Jayrem in 2002. 
Photo credit: Peter Tocker
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'When I Grow Up'/'Danger Kissing' CD single from Mahinaarangi Tocker's Hei Ha! album (Jayrem, 2002). ‘When I Grow Up’ was used for the 2001 Like Minds Like Mine TV campaign to destigmatise mental illness. 
Photo credit: Annelies van der Poel
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Mahinaarangi Tocker - The Mongrel In Me, a double CD released on Jayrem in 2005. Photograph by Robert Catto. 
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Mahinaarangi Tocker's 'Clothesline Conversation' album, recorded at Harlequin, Auckland, 1985. 
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The inner sleeve of the 'Tocker & Yates: Touring' CD, 2002. Photographs taken at a Wellington soundcheck by Annelies van der Poel, 4 October 2000. 
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Back cover of the 'Tocker & Yates: Touring' CD, with photographs by Annelies van der Poel, taken at a Wellington soundcheck, 4 October 2000. 
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Cover of Mahinaarangi Tocker's 'Clothesline Conversation' album (Emmatruck, 1985).
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Singer-songwriter Mahinaarangi Tocker with Charlotte Yates in the early 2000s
Photo credit: Annelies van der Poel
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Back cover of Mahinaarangi Tocker's 'Clothesline Conversation' album, recorded at Harlequin, Auckland, 1985.
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Mahinaarangi Tocker with Don McGlashan, backstage at Tuwhare performance, Wellington Town Hall, 2006.
Photo credit: Charlotte Yates collection
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The inner sleeve of Mahinaarangi Tocker's CD 'The Mongrel in Me' (Jayrem, 2005). Photograph by Robert Catto.
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Real Lives - Ponsonby Road, 1988 - featuring Mahinaarangi Tocker
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