Weta Profile

Stephen Heard
25 Jun 2015

Two months after releasing their lauded debut album Geographica and being deemed New Zealand's next great rock band, Weta came to an unexpected halt. Label pressure and touring proved too much and the band’s dedicated fan base were left pressing repeat on the sole full-length album and their propulsive debut EP.

Weta frontman Aaron Tokona proved he had rock and roll flowing through his veins from a young age. The budding guitarist was expelled from Lower Hutt’s Taita College after taking the reins of a classical piece in school assembly to perform his own version of Van Halen’s ‘Eruption’.

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Weta - Let It Go
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Weta's 2000 album Geographica
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Weta, 2009: Gabriel Atkinson, Aaron Tokona, Clinton den Heyer and Clinton Tokona
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Weta, January 2000
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Gabriel Atkinson and Aaron Tokona
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Weta - Calling On
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Weta on the cover of NZ Musician, June/July 2000
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Weta, January 2000
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Aaron Tokona
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Weta - Got The Ju
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Weta at Homegrown 2009
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Clinton den Heyer
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A late 2000 Warner Music Weta publicity shot
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Gabriel Atkinson
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Warner Music

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Trivia:

Shihad frontman Jon Toogood wrote the song Pacifier about Aaron Tokona.

Calling On serves as the opening music for the film When Strangers Appear.

Geographica producer Steve James is the son of English comedian Sid James.

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Members:

Aaron Tokona - vocals, guitar

Gabriel Atkinson - vocals, guitar

Clinton Tokona - bass

Clinton den Heyer - drums