'My guitar is coming home'

Music to the ears for Moses Hiakita as funds raised for new guitar and stolen one recovered.

Music to the ears for Moses Hiakita as funds raised for new guitar and stolen one recovered.

GUITAR MAN: Gisborne musician Moses Hiakita (front left) is rapt with the new bass guitar he was able to buy on Thursday at cost from The Music Room owner Andrew Kirk (front right) and sales associate Terry Klein (back right) with supporters’ donations presented by Poverty Bay Blues Club vice president Darryn Clyne (back left), club president Darren Hart and Smash Palace employee Maia Donovan. Mr Hiakita’s beloved Music Man sub bass was stolen in a burglary last month. Picture by Paul Rickard

AT ABOUT the same time Gisborne musician Moses Hiakita bought a replacement bass guitar with supporters’ donations, police recovered his stolen guitar and a man was arrested.

Burglars stole Mr Hiakita’s beloved sub-bass guitar when they broke into his apartment last month. Fundraising for a replacement bass began immediately after the burglary.

A total of $830 was raised through a collection organised by Smash Palace owner Darryl Monteith, combined with door-takings at a Poverty Bay Blues Club night on Tuesday.

Guests at the club’s monthly gathering put a total of $530 into the pot while Mr Monteith’s collection of $300 meant Mr Hiakita was able to buy a new bass, as well as a strap, case and spare strings.

Poverty Bay Blues Club vice-president Darryn Clyne, president Darren Hart and Smash Palace employee Maia Donovan took donations to The Music Room on Thursday so Mr Hikiata could buy a new bass guitar.

People gave more than the $5 entry fee at the blues club night, said Mr Clyne. By the end of the night some offered to make up the difference if there was a shortfall.

Others offered their spare guitars.

“Moses was pretty touched,” Mr Clyne said.

“We live in this fantastic town. There are bad people like the ones who stole Moses’ guitar but there are more good people than bad people.”

When Mr Hiakita arrived at The Music Room he picked up a white Fender Squier jazz bass guitar.

Shop owner Drew Kirk sold the musician the instrument at cost price.

“I’m over the moon,” said Mr Hiakita.

“This is wow factor 10, man. I played at the blues club on Tuesday night. Once I vented I let everyone else do the same.”

People were still phoning to offer donations, Mr Clyne said.

“Let’s build an account and see what happens,” joked Mr Hiakita.

“I am very, very happy. My guitar is coming home soon.”

AT ABOUT the same time Gisborne musician Moses Hiakita bought a replacement bass guitar with supporters’ donations, police recovered his stolen guitar and a man was arrested.

Burglars stole Mr Hiakita’s beloved sub-bass guitar when they broke into his apartment last month. Fundraising for a replacement bass began immediately after the burglary.

A total of $830 was raised through a collection organised by Smash Palace owner Darryl Monteith, combined with door-takings at a Poverty Bay Blues Club night on Tuesday.

Guests at the club’s monthly gathering put a total of $530 into the pot while Mr Monteith’s collection of $300 meant Mr Hiakita was able to buy a new bass, as well as a strap, case and spare strings.

Poverty Bay Blues Club vice-president Darryn Clyne, president Darren Hart and Smash Palace employee Maia Donovan took donations to The Music Room on Thursday so Mr Hikiata could buy a new bass guitar.

People gave more than the $5 entry fee at the blues club night, said Mr Clyne. By the end of the night some offered to make up the difference if there was a shortfall.

Others offered their spare guitars.

“Moses was pretty touched,” Mr Clyne said.

“We live in this fantastic town. There are bad people like the ones who stole Moses’ guitar but there are more good people than bad people.”

When Mr Hiakita arrived at The Music Room he picked up a white Fender Squier jazz bass guitar.

Shop owner Drew Kirk sold the musician the instrument at cost price.

“I’m over the moon,” said Mr Hiakita.

“This is wow factor 10, man. I played at the blues club on Tuesday night. Once I vented I let everyone else do the same.”

People were still phoning to offer donations, Mr Clyne said.

“Let’s build an account and see what happens,” joked Mr Hiakita.

“I am very, very happy. My guitar is coming home soon.”

Police have arrested and charged a 26-year-old Gisborne man in relation to the recovery of the guitar.

The arrest was made shortly after the instrument was presented for sale at a Gisborne second-hand business on Thursday afternoon.

“We received information from a member of the public who saw the guitar being taken into the shop, and immediately sent staff to the location,” said Detective Brent Griffiths of the Gisborne Tactical Crime Unit.

“The man was allegedly still in possession of the guitar when police arrived, and was arrested.”

Detective Griffiths said their inquiries were continuing in an effort to establish the identity of those involved in the burglary of Mr Hiakita’s flat in the city on March 11.

“This will include a forensic examination of the guitar.”

The man arrested on Thursday has been charged with receiving stolen property and will appear in Gisborne District Court next week, Detective Griffiths said.

“We are pleased to have been able to recover Moses’ guitar as we know how much it meant to him. We would also like to acknowledge the help we received from the public yesterday, which led to the arrest.”

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