Tuhi Timoti


If you scour the library of recorded New Zealand music you’ll find little mention of Tuhi Timoti but, no stranger to the recording studio, he has countless credits for television and film soundtracks, and for over 20 years he was the go-to guitarist to accompany major performers on stage, both local and international. Few musicians can claim a professional association with acts as diverse as Kiri Te Kanawa, Ricky May and Ray Charles.

Tuhirangi Louis Timoti (Ngāti Whātua/Ngāpuhi) was born on 9 January 1947 and raised at Kakanui, near Helensville. The family shifted to Manurewa in 1962 and, shortly after, Timoti began receiving guitar lessons twice a week from Johnny Bradfield in Blockhouse Bay. “Johnny was a lovely man with a lovely whānau,” he remembers. “I’d spend all day there, getting fed and everything.”

The Louis Bull floor show band at the Twin Towns Services Club, 2007. From left: Louis Bull, Tuhi Timoti and Mal Woods.
Super Pop '70 was a showcase of local performers including The Chicks, Bunny Walters, Corben Simpson, Classic Affair (with Reg Ruka), The Chapta and Larry Morris, held at Western Springs, Auckland during a visit from the royal family. Prince Charles and Princess Anne attended and met the performers. The band leader was Tuhi Timoti. 
Cricklewood, mark two, 1970s. From left: Bas Peterken, Tuhi Timoti, Dean Ruscoe, and Peter Wood.
Tuhi Timoti (far right) with the Vegas showband, Star Casino, Gold Coast, 2015. 
Tama Renata and Tuhi Timoti
Photo credit: Sarah Richards/Tuhi Timoti collection
Street Level, December 2003 - Tuhi Timoti is third from left. 
Tama Renata, Tuhi Timoti, Martin Winch together with Murray McNabb and Frank Gibson Jr.
From left: Tama Lundon, unidentified friend, Tuhi Timoti, Dilworth Karaka, backstage at Coolangatta, Australia.
Photo credit: Sarah Richards/Tuhi Timoti collection
The Tuhi Tama Band, which played at Aladdin's nightclub under Auckland's Civic Theatre, 1979. From left: Armand Crown, Erana Clark, Tuhi Timoti, Chris Fox, Tama Renata, Josie Rika, Dave Noda.
Photo credit: Sarah Richards/Tuhi Timoti collection
Tuhi Timoti and Peter Tuitama.
Amy Young and Tuhi Timoti.
Hot Snuff, mid 1970s. From left: Harris Campbell, Billy Kristian, Tuhi Timoti and Dennis Ryan.
Tuhi Timoti and Ben Gilgen.
Tuhi Timoti (left) and Billy Kristian.
Street Level showband. From left: Dean Harawira bass, Amy Young vocals, Peter Tuitama guitar, Tuhi Timoti guitar, Khan Ropati vocals. 
A rehearsal for guitar club, at the Auckland Musicians Club. From left: Johnny Bradfield, Tuhi Timoti, Bruce King drums, Chuck Morgan guitar, and Bob Jackson bass. 
Hawaiki, Club 21, 1985. From left: Hal Tupaea, Taisha, Tuhi Timoti.
Tuhi Timoti.
Tuhi Timoti (left) performing with Max Stowers on Chevron Island, early 2000s.
Tama Renata, Phil Crown and Tuhi Timoti, Waitangi Day 2008 on Queensland's Gold Coast, Australia.
Photo credit: Sarah Richards / Tuhi Timoti collection
Cricklewood, taken at Carnaby's nightclub, Auckland, early 1970s. From left: Tuhi Timoti, Dean Ruscoe, and Bas Peterken.
Grant Pukeroa (centre) with Tuhi Timoti (right) and friend.
Tuhi Timoti on tour with Billy T James in Queenstown.
Tuhi Timoti (right) with Billy T James and drummer Lyn Buchanan, late 1980s. 
Tuhi Timoti with Grant Pukeroa and Max Stowers.
Tuhi Timoti, Hamilton Island 1990.
This caricature of Tuhi Timoti (left) with John "The General" Rangi was drawn by Billy T James. 
Photo credit: Dean Ruscoe collection
John Bartley, Tuhi Timoti, and Dave Adams (Tuhi's first music teacher). 
On the New Zealand stage at the Brisbane Expo, 1988. From left: Jay Collins drums, Tuhi Timoti guitar, Taisha vocals, Leon Wharekura vocals, Hal Tupaea bass, David Pritchard-Blunt keyboards. 
Heimana Tahiata and Tuhi Timoti.
Watch: Unsung Heroes of Maori Music - EP6 Tuhi Timoti and Tama Renata
Max Stowers and Tuhi Timoti.
Cricklewood, c. 1972. Clockwise from top left: Dean Ruscoe, Bas Peterken, Jim Hall, Tuhi Timoti.
Photo credit: Jim Hall Collection
Tuhi Timoti and David Gilgen.
Tuhi Timoti (second from left) in Street Level.
Mark Williams sings at the North Queensland 1991 gala night, with Tuhi Timoti on guitar, far right. 
The resident International Showband, dressed for "tropical night", at Jupiter's Casino, Gold Coast, 1993-1994. Tuhi Timoti in front with guitar. 
Billy T. James' touring band featured Tuhi Timoti on guitar.
Tuhi Timoti, Nick Hatch, Dean Harawira.
Tuhi Timoti playing with his showband at the International Resort, Hamilton Island, Queensland, 1991. 
Mavis Rivers, Julian Lee, Murray Tanner, and Tuhi Timoti rehearse for a jazz gig at Trillo's, Auckland, 1970s. 
Tuhi Timoti and Ben Gilgen in Queenstown.
Cricklewood, c. 1972. From left: Jim Hall, Dean Ruscoe, Tuhi Timoti, Basil Peterkin.
Artists' bios in the Super Pop '70 programme. The musical director was Tuhi TImoti. 
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