Tiki Taane: 'I'll play that song anytime, anywhere'

By Kieran Campbell, Annemarie Quill -
Tiki Taane performs with dancers dressed as police during last year's New Zealand Music Awards. Photo / Richard Robinson
Tiki Taane performs with dancers dressed as police during last year's New Zealand Music Awards. Photo / Richard Robinson

Kiwi singer Tiki Taane says he will play F**k the Police anytime he is asked to by fans, despite facing new accusations he sprayed police with obscenities in an almost identical outburst to the one that saw him arrested last year.

Police are considering charging the singer amid accusations he chanted "f*** the police" and pointed at patrolling officers late on Saturday night during a show in Palmerston North.

Speaking exclusively to the Bay of Plenty Times, Taane said he hadn't heard from police about the incident.

"They haven't talked with me at all. If apparently they are considering pressing charges, no one really knows what for. Apparently the Palmy police have definitely got their knickers in a twist that I played 'F*** Da Police' while they were in the building", he said.

Taane said there was no trouble at the show.

"It was an awesome gig! Massive turnout and a choice vibe."

Taane is playing another show at the Waihi Beach Hotel this Saturday, and said he wasn't afraid to play the song again.

"I always ask the crowd, 'Do you guys wana hear the song that got me arrested?' and they always scream back, 'Yes!'. So I've gotta give the people what they want, it's the polite thing to do."

"People still mention that incident for sure. It makes for a great party story. I'm really proud of how that all played out. I stood up to the New Zealand Police, pleaded a very strong case and ended up winning the war without having to go to battle."

Inspector Pat Handcock, the area commander at Palmerston North police, said investigators were still determining if Taane was singing a song or directing his comments at officers.

"At this stage, we're just going back through some of the various accounts of people that were there. We'll make an assessment in terms of exactly what happened and whether or not Tiki Taane has transgressed the law," Mr Handcock said.

It comes as an encore to the almost identical performance that saw Taane arrested last year during a gig at Illuminati Superclub in Tauranga.

Taane had charges against him dropped after he explained he was singing the same NWA song.

Despite a repeat of trouble, the singer has retained the support of power company Mercury Energy, which hired Taane to cover the song Over The Rainbow for an advertising campaign and is contributing all proceeds from sales of the song to the Starship Foundation.

Mercury Energy general manager James Munro yesterday said the company was "really pleased" to have had Taane cover the track for their campaign.

"Tiki has a good relationship with Mercury and the Starship Foundation and has been, and continues to be, generous with his time in helping to raise money for sick children," Mr Munro said.

Starship Foundation chief executive Brad Clark also stood behind Taane, saying the foundation was "grateful for Tiki's generous and heartfelt support".

Mr Handcock said an internal inquiry would discover by the end of the week if there was any cause for a full investigation into Taane's behaviour.

Taane could face a charge of disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence or disorder.

"I reiterate we are just looking at what happened and if it turns out to be ... nothing we are not going to pursue it and waste time and resources on it by going out and trying to locate a whole bunch of other witnesses and things like that," Mr Handcock said.

"But if there is something in it that would suggest a criminal offence has been committed, we would be required to make some further investigations."

Dancers dressed as police officers joined Taane when he performed his song Freedom To Sing at last year's Vodafone Music Awards.

The move was described as Taane offering an olive branch to officers he'd previously offended.

Taane has previously worked with police to front an anti-family violence campaign, Mr Handcock said.

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