The wait, he says, was because he'd been "working and raising my family and paying my mortgage, all that kind of thing." His progeny includes one Che Fu.
Tigi Ness is the father of hip-hop musician Che Fu.
During the 1970s Tigi Ness was involved in the Polynesian Panthers movement in Auckland.
Tigi Ness served nine months in prison after taking part in anti-apartheid protests during the 1981 Springbok rugby tour of NZ.
Tigi was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Pacific Music Awards.