Kiwi music legend Peter Posa has died

Peter Posa at Eldred Stebbing's Saratoga Avenue recording studio, early 1960s - Photo: c/o Audioculture

West Auckland-born guitarist Peter Posa died at Waikato hospital yesterday, aged 78.

Posa became a household name after recording one of New Zealand's most iconic tunes, White Rabbit, in the 1960s.

White Rabbit sold over 100,000 as a single and the following LP went on to sell 150,000 copies. Posa was in demand as a performer not just in New Zealand, but all over the Pacific and Australia.

And in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to entertainment.

Tributes are flooding social media from fans and other Kiwi musicians including Gray Bartlett.