Singer in popular Kiwi reggae band Tomorrow People stood down after alleged domestic violence incident

Popular reggae band Tomorrow People has stood down one of its members after he allegedly assaulted his former partner.

The band known for their sweet melodies and soulful music, spoke to TVNZ1's Te Karere about the alleged incident of domestic violence involving a band member.

"It's been a massive shock, everyone is still trying to take into account what has happened especially with the member being such a person of positive character, it was out of character hearing about this situation," said band member Tana Tupai.

"It's been a mutual discussion between the person involved and us, the fact that it was in best interest that they step down from their involvement in our band."

The victim posted on Facebook alleging the incident occurred on Saturday morning.

The next day the post was removed, however she posted again writing "my intentions were never to slander the entire Tomorrow People crew, some of which have become good friends of mine".

The woman confirmed to Te Karere she deleted the post because response from the public was too overwhelming.

She went on to explain that she reported the alleged incident to the police that same day and did not want to make any further comment.

Police have confirmed a 27-year-old man has been charged with male assaults female and is due to appear in Lower Hutt District Court on Monday.

Tupai says the band will continue supporting both parties.

"We do not condone domestic violence, but in saying that, it is very paramount for us and important that we provide support for all parties involved to work through this very serious matter."

The band will go ahead with their upcoming tour next month, with two different lead singers.

The popular Kiwi reggae band stood down their lead singer after an alleged incident of domestic violence. Source: 1 NEWS

Talented young artist of Kiwi and Fijian descent nominated for prestigious Turner Prize

A Kiwi of Fijian and European heritage has been nominated for the Turner Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious art awards.

Luke Willis Thompson is in the running for the award that was established in the United Kingdom in 1984 and is worth around $50,000 to the winning artist.

Each year, four artists are nominated, who are British or predominantly working in the UK, for their outstanding exhibition or contribution from the previous year.

Artist Luke Willis Thompson
Artist Luke Willis Thompson Source: Supplied

Thompson's installation Autoportrait 2017, also nominated for the 2018 Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize, was commissioned by and first shown at Chisenhale Gallery, London.

Thompson, the University of Auckland Young Alumnus of the Year for 2018 and a graduate of the Elam School of Fine Arts, is the first artist from the Pacific region, since Boyd Webb in 1988 to be nominated for the Turner Prize.

He previously won New Zealand's largest art award in 2014, the Walters Prize, with a work that featured his family's suburban home. At just 25, he was the award's youngest recipient.

In addition to the Turner Prize, the four nominated artists are included in an exhibition, which this year will be at Tate Britain in London.

That exhibition is a major event on the international arts calendar and in the past has frequently been the subject of considerable comment and debate.

The winner of the Turner Prize will be announced on December 4 2018.

Autoportait 2017 by Luke Willis Thompson.
Autoportait 2017 by Luke Willis Thompson. Source:


'A call you never expect to get' - Neil Finn on being invited to join legendary Fleetwood Mac

Kiwi musician Neil Finn says he had a big grin on his face when he was invited to join legendary band Fleetwood Mac, because it's a call "you never expect to get".

The former Crowded House frontman will replace Fleetwood Mac's lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who was ousted from the band after not wanting to be part of their upcoming October tour.

"This team wanted to get out on the road. And one of the members did not want to get out on the road for a year," songwriter and vocalist Stevie Nicks told CBS News as the new line-up gave their first interview.

Finn, who turns 60 next month, was in his hometown of Auckland, when he got the call, CBS reported.

"I just had this kind of big grin on my face 'cause it's a call you never expect to get," Finn said.

The first photo session for the new Fleetwood Mac included Mike Campbell, former lead guitarist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Finn.

They're new members, but hardly novices, CBS said.

"Both these gentlemen have a legacy of their own. They don't need to have a calling card. They are who they are in their own right," drummer Mick Fleetwood said.

"This is absolutely a new band. This is the new lineup of Fleetwood Mac."

And neither Campbell nor Finn are thinking of this as a temporary gig.

"I'm making this my priority until whenever, you know. We'll see what happens," Campbell said.

They all met up at a theatre in Maui, Hawaii last month and Nicks said they played together for two days.

"And it did sound really good and I have film to prove it," she said.