Someone has stolen NZ Reggae King, Tigilau Ness' guitar

music news 23/03/2017

Tigilau Ness, the father of hip hop icon Che Fu, had his guitar stolen from his car in broad daylight on Monday.

Stuff reports that the guitar was taken sometime between 10am and 12.30pm, while Ness’ car was parked outside the Mangere East Community Centre.

The godfather of New Zealand reggae, and Tui winner along with Unitary Pacific for Best Roots Album in 2016, works at the South Auckland community centre as a facilitator and uses the guitar to play for music for children.

Ness has had the brown guitar since 1992 and he’s gutted it’s gone.

Ness told Stuff: “It was in full view, it could have been that one of the doors was unlocked. It was totally opportunity, my mistake,” 

“Someone out there has been offered or given the guitar… I would like to see it returned.”

"I use it to write songs ... it's been my bread and butter over the years and now it's gone."

It's been a huge part of his career, a means of bring people together and a partner in crime at a number of protests and marches over the last 25 years.

If you have seen the guitar or have been offered it, return it to Mangere East Community Centre, 372 Massey Road, "no questions asked". Phone 09 275 6161.