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Waiata Maori Music Awards


Fri 15 Sep 2017, 7:00am–11:00pm

Where: Club Hastings, Cnr Victoria St & Hastings St, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages


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The Waiata Māori Music Awards are kicking off Te Marama Pūoru Waiata Māori (Māori Music Month) this August with the announcement of the 2017 awards finalists.

Now in its 10th year, the Waiata Māori Music Awards celebrate excellence in Māori music and also aim to acknowledge and honour the keepers, teachers, promoters, creators and performers of this cultural taonga.

The awards were established by the late composer and teacher Tama Huata ONZM (Ngāti Kahungungu), a renowned leader in and champion of the performing arts. Tama’s daughter Ellison now helms the awards and says:

“The calibre of the finalists in our 10th anniversary year is a great testament to the quality and diversity of Māori composers, musicians and performers that we have in Aotearoa. The Waiata Māori Music Awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate both our traditional and contemporary Māori musical artists.”

Acclaimed singer-songwriters Rob Ruha, Maisey Rika, Tama Waipara and Taisha Tari are the official Ambassadors of the Waiata Māori Music Awards and they will be joining the finalists at this year’s ceremony in Hastings on the evening of Friday, September 15th.

Activity: 7am Breakfast with the stars (including finalists & awards ambassadors)
Activity: 10th Waiata Māori Music Awards

The 2017 Waiata Māori Music Awards finalists are:
Best Māori Traditional Album:
- Hikoikoi, Grove Roots
- Auaha, Auaha
- Tira, Maisey Rika

Best Māori Urban Rap, Hip Hop, R&B Album:
- Me, My Selfie & Ice Pro, Taipari Waaka
- A Place to Stand, Rei
- 4108sis, Rugged and Wylde
- AvonTales, Melodownz

Best Māori Urban Roots/Reggae Album:
- Hikoikoi, Grove Roots
- Dance Hall Vol 1, Israel Starr
- Love not War, NLC

Best Māori Pop Album:
- Guitar Party at Uncle’s Bach, Troy Kingi
- Written in the Stars, Maaka Fiso
- Tira, Maisey Rika

Best Māori Male Solo Artist:
- Troy Kingi
- Maaka Fiso
- Teeks
- Seth Haapu

Best Māori Female Solo Artist:
- Toni Huata
- Pianika Duncan
- Maisey Rika

Best song by a Maori Artist:
- Written in the Stars, Maaka Fiso
- Never Be Apart, Teeks
- Te Kura, Grove Roots
- Mohaka, Toni Huata
- Taku Mana, Maisey Rika

Best Māori Songwriter:
- Maaka Fiso
- Teeks
- Grove Roots
- Toni Huata
- Maisey Rika

Best Video by a Māori artist:
- Lost Soul, Valkyrie
- Ru ana te Whenua, Alien Weaponry
- New Take Over, Stan Walker
- If Only, Teeks
- Wairua, Maimoa