Tiki Taane's new job in the community
Acclaimed Kiwi singer Tiki Taane is to become a family violence spokesman under a deal with police over a disorderly behaviour charge laid earlier this year.
The chart-topper - who took out three awards at last night's New Zealand Music Awards in Auckland - was arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour in April while performing a gig at Illuminati in Tauranga.
Taane had sung a cover version of NWA's "F*** the Police" while police carried out a routine inspection of the club.
Acting Police Commissioner Viv Richard said Taane and police had "worked through the matter" and come to an agreement.
"Taane has now volunteered to be a family violence spokesperson in one of our districts and it is fantastic to have someone of his profile and youth to be able to connect to our communities about such a serious and important issue," he said.
At last night's awards, the 34-year-old had four dancers appear on stage with him dressed as policemen during his performance of "Freedom To Sing" as a tongue-in-cheek reproach to his arrest.
The song was penned days after his arrest as a protest song.
Rickard today revealed Taane had approached police, requesting real officers appear on stage with him.
"We are not able to facilitate those kinds of requests. However, we did approve the use of four uniforms for Taane's dancers to wear during the performance."
Rickards extended his congratulations to Taane for racking up three wins, including Best Male Solo Artist, Best Electronica and Best Maori Album for his second studio album In The World Of Light.