Charlie Tumahai Profile

John Dix
15 Nov 2014

First released in 1962, Hey Boy! by Jane and Bernie Hill was a New Zealand bestseller reprinted several times over the next two years. A photographic book with extended captions, Hey Boy! portrayed urban Māori life of the time, following the activities of a group of children from Orakei. The “Boy” of the title was Charlie Tumahai.

“Boy is what they call me in our street. But my real name is Charlie, like my Dad's. My Dad's people come from Tahiti, and my mother's people are Northern Māori, who were famous warriors. So as Dad says, that makes us half hula and half haka.”

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Be Bop Deluxe in 1978 - Simon Fox, Bill Nelson and Charlie Tumahai
Be Bop Deluxe - Ships In The Night / Fair Exchange (1976, Old Grey Whistle Test, BBC)
Charlie Tumahai and Willie Hona with Herbs in Palmerston North, 1987
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Charlie Tumahai with Healing Force in Melbourne, Australia, 1971
The Columbians circa 1964/5: Sel Nash, Bill Heremaia Jr, Bill Patience, Lou Walters and Charlie Tumahai
Charlie Tumahai, Greenpeace Concert, Mt. Smart, 5 April 1986
Charlie Tumahai with Mississippi, Sunbury Pop Festival, Victoria, January 1974
Be Bop Deluxe in 1976
Charlie Tumahai fronting Herbs - Sensitive To A Smile (1987)
Charlie Tumahai and Joe Walsh, Mascot Studios, April 1989
Photo credit: Photo by Graham Hooper
Charlie Tumahai with Be Bop Deluxe, 1976
E Papa (Herbs in Ruatoria 1987)
Gordon Joll and Charlie Tumahai with Herbs in 1990
Photo credit: Gordon Joll collection
Healing Force - Golden Mile (Featuring Charlie Tumahai on lead vocals)
Charlie Tumahai and Dilworth Karaka
The tour programme for the 1976 Modern Music tour
Herbs In Ruatoria documentary - The Power of Music (Te Kaha o Te Waiata)
Charlie Tumahai congratulates Shona Laing on her 1992 Silver Scroll win
Chain - Judgement (live on GTK 1971)
Tim Finn - Parihaka (1989, featuring Herbs)
Mississippi. Charlie was a member of this Australian group between 1973 and 1974. L to R: Derek Pellicci, Beeb Birtles, Graeham Goble, Charlie Tumahai and Harvey James.
Dave Dobbyn and Herbs - Slice Of Heaven (Footrot Flats trailer)
The Dukes in 1979 with Charlie Tumahai on the left
The Japanese release of Be Bop Deluxe's Modern Music album, 1976
Healing Force - Feelings From The Gully (live on GTK, 19 May 1971)
Be Bop Deluxe, 1978 - Simon Fox, Charlie Tumahai and Bill Nelson
A Be Bop Deluxe fanclub cartoon on Charlie's immigration problems in the UK
Charlie Tumahai and Herbs with Annie Crummer on her 1992 single, See What Love Can Do




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