Sam Mateparae and The Rockin' Rockers Profile

aka The Del-Rockers
Adam Gifford
6 Jun 2013

Whanganui was a hotbed for rock and roll in the late 1950s, with not just Johnny Devlin emerging from the sleepy river town but also sax player Sam Mateparae, whose ‘Rockin’ Rockers’ on the Ace label is a rare slab of swinging wildness.

Mateparae was the band leader and vocalist, and he played bass on the track. The song was recorded live to portable reel-to-reel at a Sunday afternoon/evening youth club social in Whanganui in 1959, and the band members were aged 16 and 17.

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The Quin Tikis with Sam Mateparae on the left
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The Quin Tikis in Vietnam: Weasel Tairoa, Gary Wahrlich, Kevin Rongonui, Freddy Summers, Keri Summers, Sam Mateparae
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Rockin' Rockers
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Wez Taiaroa, Gary Wahrlich, Rim D. Paul, Anzac Teoka, Tab Paenga, Sam Mateparae at the Rex Hotel, Kings Cross, Sydney, 1964
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Rim D. Paul Collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Miss NZ Tour 1965. From top left: Fred Whitaker, Sam Mateparae, Wez Taiaroa, Lou Clauson, Ian Saxon, Simon Mehana, Peter Posa. Middle: John Hore, Howard Morrison, Miss NZ 1965 Gay Phelps, Keri Northover. Front: Gary Wahrlich, Rim D. Paul.
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Rim D. Paul Collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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The Quin Tikis, Sundowner Hotel, Sydney, 1964. From left: Rim D. Paul, Sam Mateparae, Weasel Taiaroa, Anzac Teoka, Dora Amohau on drums
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Rim D. Paul Collection at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Members:

Sam Mateparae - vocals, bass

Peter Wolland - drums

Kawana Waitere - piano

Alfred Paranihi - guitar

Herbert Steadman - saxophone

Posie Te Tana - guitar