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.
• In an interview with RNZ Music's Grant Walker in 2016, Posa looked back at his 53 years of professional music making.
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.