'Death to all oppressors': Upper Hutt Posse's passionate and furious speech at 2018 VNZMAs

Upper Hutt Posse's acceptance of the Legacy Award at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Award (VNZMA) ceremony was marked with a fiery political speech.

Frontman Dean Hapeta thanked all 18 members of the 'E Tū' hitmakers, along with several other musicians who had contributed to the hip-hop pioneers' music.

The end of his speech became more impassioned, as he called for New Zealand's military to wage war on countries he suggested were "oppressors".

"Where's that prime minister?" Hapeta asked.

"I got some words for you. All of our armed forces and military that have been fighting these fake wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for oil, for USA imperialism - get out of there!

"What you need to be doing is going to Palestine to fight against the racist terrorism of the Israeli state. That's where all of our fighting energy needs to be."

It's not just the Middle East that the rapper says Aotearoa's army should head to - he also said we should send troops to the North America.

"Get to the Mexican/USA border and defend that caravan of indigenous people seeking refugee status in the United Snakes of Ameri-KKK-a," Hapeta said.

"They're seeking refuge because their countries have been wrecked by that colonial power known as the USA.

"Death to all oppressors!"

Upper Hutt Posse was inducted into the Te Whare Taonga Puoro/New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the VNZMA ceremony.

Following their acceptance of the award, a powerful tribute performance of 'E Tu' was performed by Che Fu and The Kratez, featuring 14 year old DMC DJ World Champ K-Swizz.

It was the final performance at the 2018 VNZMAs.