One of the true veterans of the Māori music scene has passed away.

House of Shem founder, Carl Perkins has died from cancer.

Also a former member of Herbs, Perkin's legacy as a singer/songwriter attracted a national and international following with his sounds that resonated with generations of Māori.

He was also a man of God. Perkins was an apostle for the Rātana faith, a movement that heavily influences his compositions in his music.

Perkins is currently laying in state at Raetihi Marae. The funeral service is at 11 am on Saturday.

He leaves behind his wife and five sons. He’s a pioneer in the music industry who will never be forgotten.