28 Feb 2021

Tim Finn: 'Tupaia had a different way of seeing the universe'

From Sunday Morning, 11:07 am on 28 February 2021

He's best known for his work with Split Enz, the Finn Brothers and also a solo artist, but in recent years Tim Finn has turned his considerable talents to opera. His latest work, Ihitai 'Avei'a - Star Navigator, which was composed by Finn with Tahitian monologues by Célestine Hitiura Vaite, tells the story of the incredible star navigator Tupaia and his time on board James Cook's Endeavour. The production will open the New Zealand Opera's 2021 season next month. Tim and Célestine join the show to discuss the collaboration and Tupaia's legacy.

Tim Finn and Celestine Hitiura Vaite

Tim Finn and Celestine Hitiura Vaite Photo: Supplied