New Zealand singer Tiki Taane is due to appear in Tauranga District Court on Friday after being arrested in the city early Sunday morning.
He was performing at a gig at Illuminati on Harrington Street when police arrested him.
Tiki Taane was arrested after his performance at Illuminati.
Taane is charged with disorderly behaviour likely to cause violence to start or continue.
A number of people at the gig on the night say Taane began singing ‘f*** the police’ when they were carrying out a standard inspection of the club.
When they approached him afterwards “things got out of hand”, according to one person who does not wish to be identified.
Now posted to Tiki Taane’s website is: “Freedom of speech is a human right. 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 please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org if you need anything in relation to what occurred... arohanui and bless.”
His manager and sister, Nina Taane, told SunLive the arrest took place sometime near closing time at 3am.
“He was performing at the gig when he was arrested,” says Nina.
“We need to work things through with our lawyer around how this plays out and a lot of that is around bringing the truth to the surface.”
It is believed a senior staff member from Illuminati was also arrested.
She says her brother is coping well after the arrest, but says the issue requires “sensitivity”.
Nina would not elaborate on why her brother was arrested but says others were arrested with him.
“We just hope everyone who was there is okay. It will all come out eventually.”
She says Tiki Taane is due to release a full media statement on Monday afternoon.