Tiki Taane releases statement to the public

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Tiki Tane Releases this Statement

At 3:25am on Sunday the 10th of April I was arrested at my R18 concert in Tauranga. I was handcuffed and taken to the cells where I spent the rest of the night.

I have been charged with – Disorderly Behavior, likely to cause violence – for reciting the lyrics to a song by an American rap group called N.W.A. This song is a protest song written by Ice-Cube in 1988, and I have often played and sang along to it at my R18 concerts with no trouble at all.Also arrested was the promoter of the concert, and my DJ, who was later released uncharged. I have had an excellent rapport with the NZ Police and I intend to keep that relationship positive.I’m 34 years old and this is my first ever offence, and I feel it is unfortunate that one particular Police Officer became upset with the N.W.A lyrics I sang that night. It was an awesome concert with an amazing crowd, and this is why I always come back to Tauranga to play.I would like to thank my whanau and friends for their support, and really do hope this is resolved positively and soon.All the best to everyone involved. Peace & Love- Tiki Taane.

NZ Herald Reporting on the Incident

The NZ Herald reported that singer Tiki Taane was handcuffed and arrested for disorderly behaviour after singing the N.W.A rap anthem Fuck The Police at a Tauranga nighclub.

The article explained that “Taane, 34, a former member of Salmonella Dub, spent a few hours in the cells at Tauranga police station after being arrested at 3:25am on Sunday for an altercation with police at the Illuminati nightclub, where he was master of ceremonies for DJ Dick Johnson. e is set to appear in Tauranga District Court on Friday to face a charge of disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence.”

“Taane said he had regularly played the N.W.A protest song, written by rapper Ice Cube in 1988 1988 from the albulm Straight Outta Compton, at R18 shows throughout his career. The “unfortunate” incident on Sunday happened after a police officer became upset at the song’s lyrics, he said.”

“I have had an excellent rapport with the NZ Police and I intend to keep that relationship positive. I’m 34 years old and this is my first ever offence, and I feel it is unfortunate that one particular police officer became upset with the N.W.A lyrics I sang that night.”

The Sunlive.co.nz website reported that people at the gig said Taane began singing the song as officers carried out a routine inspection.

The acting area commander for Western Bay of Plenty, Inspector Karl Wright-St Clair, said police had visited the tavern in the Tauranga CBD earlier that night as part of their regular pub checks.

On Facebook, Tiki Taane Tikidub Productions yesterday posted that “freedom of speech is a human right” and “all our love and thorts are with everyone who attended the Tauranga gig last nite and in particular those who were present early hours this morning … we sincerely hope you are all ok …”

The “Tikidub Whanau” encouraged fans to send an email if they needed “anything in relation to what occurred”.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Shot bro, Ae kia kaha koe. Just a reminder for next time kuz, the police aka the nz p!@s have access to fastest cars, all classes of drugs and are the biggest gang in nz, plus their rangatira works in the Behave. The funny thing about this matter is now days there is more of their members in court for much silly shit then just spitting out some lyrics of a well written song. "E tu kia kaha I say it loud, I say it proud"
    Ka whaiwhai matau mo ake ake ake…………….

  2. kia kaha bro – when cops get up their nose because of a few lyrics – it says 1. the tide is turning and the Maori voice is being heard – HARD! and 2. the New Zealand Police need to do some cultural/pop culture training – kia kaha tonu buddas!

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