The Instigators – Ed Geddes (vocals, sax), Sonya Waters (keyboards, vocals), Tarewai Wesley (bass), Eddie Olsen (drums) and Tom Rothsey (guitar) – were a hard touring Auckland ska/punk group, whose first single release 'Not Really Bad' arrived in 1981 after winning Battle of the Bands.

In Rip It Up, assistant editor Mark Phillips described the band at its Battle appearance as “a five-piece with wailing sax and keyboards packed the dance floor. They have a ska band look and sound, uptempo rhythms but unimpressive songs.”

The Instigators at Sweetwaters, 1982.
Photo credit: Photo by Gordon William Bartram
The Not The 1978 Tour lineup - The Instigators with Andrew Boak (No Tag), Eric Marsden (Androidss), Nick Hanson (Spelling Mistakes) and Yoh (Screaming Meemees), 1982
Instigators, L to R: Sonya Waters, Tom Rothsey, Eddie Olsen.
Photo credit: Sonya Waters Collection
The Instigators first lineup: Tarewai Wesley, Sonya Waters, Ed Geddes and Eddie Olsen
Photo credit: Sonya Waters archive
'Hope She's Alright' - Rob Mayes Collection
1982 Canterbury University Orientation gig, with Desperate Measures, Instigators and Riot 111
Sonya Waters.
Photo credit: Photo by Bryan Staff
The Instigators.
Photo credit: Sonya Waters Collection
Instigators - Hope She's Alright (Ripper, 1982)
The Best of the Instigators (Ripper, 2024): a vinyl LP with five studio tracks, five live tracks, and a dub version of 'No Problems'
The Instigators

Don McGlashan produced The Instigators first single Not Really Bad for Ripper Records in 1981.

Sonya Waters released a solo EP No Pain through Ripper Records in 1983. She is a music teacher in Auckland and has played in Fang and White Swan Black Swan.

Sonya Waters performing with the Instigators at Sweetwaters, 1982.



Ed Geddes - sax, vocals

Sonya Waters - keyboards, vocals

Tarewai Wesley - bass

Eddie Olsen - drums

Tom Rothsey - guitar

Sonya Waters, Instigators, early 80s.

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