Parihaka (song)

"Parihaka'" is a single by New Zealand singer/songwriter Tim Finn featuring Herbs, released in 1989 from the album Tim Finn. The song reached number 6 on the New Zealand charts.[1]

Single by Tim Finn feat. Herbs
from the album Tim Finn
Released1989 (New Zealand)
Recorded1989, Airforce Recording Studios, Auckland
LabelEMI New Zealand
Songwriter(s)Tim Finn
Producer(s)Tim Finn and Nick Morgan
Tim Finn singles chronology
"Not Even Close"
"Long Hard Road"
Herbs singles chronology
"No Nukes (The Second Letter)"
Music video
"Parihaka" at NZ Film Archive


The song tells the story of the Taranaki Parihaka peaceful protests. Finn was given a book on the topic (Dick Scott's Ask That Mountain) by his sister and told to write a song about it.[2]

Music video

The video was shot by New Zealand director Fane Flaws and notably shot in Auckland Art Gallery with several paintings by iconic New Zealand painter Colin McCahon. Flaws found out later that he had only been given clearance to use one painting in the video.[2]

Alternate versions

The original version of the song features Finn only and was recorded in 1988 in the US during production for the Tim Finn album. The single version features Herbs as vocalists and was recorded in 1989 on Finn's return to New Zealand.[2]


  1. "Parihaka: Chart Behaviour". Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  2. "Ready to Roll? 100 Classic Clips: Parihaka". NZ Film Archive. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
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