Mahinārangi Tocker

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Mahinārangi Tocker at the 2007 Auckland Folk Festival

Mahinārangi Tocker MNZM (1955[1] – 15 April 2008) was a singer-songwriter from New Zealand.

She wrote more than 600 songs in a 25-year career.[2] Her vocal style has been compared to that of Joan Armatrading and Tracy Chapman [3] She also gave lectures around New Zealand about the use of music and creativity to boost learning and self-esteem, and was an adult literacy tutor, writer and poet.

Tocker was born in Taumarunui and was of Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Jewish and Celtic ancestry.[2] She was an open lesbian.[4]

In the 2008 New Year Honours, Tocker was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to music.[5]

Tocker died on 15 April 2008 in Auckland's North Shore hospital following a severe asthma attack. She was 52.[4]


Albums [6]

  • 1985 Clothesline Conversation
  • 1987 I'm Going Home
  • 1996 Mahinarangi
  • 1997 Te Ripo
  • 2002 Hei Ha!
  • 2002 Touring (With Charlotte Yates)
  • 2005 The Mongrel in Me


  1. ^ "Mahinarangi Tocker: Singer from the heartland". Dominion Post. 2008-04-24. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  2. ^ a b Kiran Dass (October 2005). "The Mongrel in Mahinarangi". NZ Musician Magazine. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Musician Mahinarangi Tocker dies age 52". New Zealand Herald. 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  4. ^ a b (April 2008). "Singer/songwriter Mahinarangi Tocker dies". Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  5. ^ "New Year honours list 2008". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  6. ^