Herbs


Herbs: Whats’ Be Happen?

In early 1863, on the eve of the Waikato War, Ngāti Whātua chief Paora Tūhaere purchased the schooner Victoria for £1,400 and set off with 20 of his people for Rarotonga to develop a ...

Herbs: He Rata Kouru Nui

East Cape, 1987: "Men may come, men may go, but Ruatoria goes on forever.” Beneath the imposing portals of a wharenui, an elder from the Ngāti Porou tribe welcomes a group of visitor...

Herbs: Reflections on Ruatoria

Not a lot was said on the way home from Ruatoria. "Everyone was so overjoyed, they were speechless,” says Herbs' bassist Charlie Tumahai. "What I liked about it was that everybody fel...

Herbs in Ruatoria, 1987

Looking back at Herbs' 1987 visit to Ruatoria to launch their album Sensitive To A Smile, there seemed to be naivety among the Herbs camp and music media about the gravity of the prob...

Herbs, Homegrown

Sydney, September 1990: Down-to-earth issues and homegrown politics have always been at the heart of Herbs' music. The New Zealand band's first single, ';French Letter', seductively l...

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