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Waiata Maori Music Awards Finalist

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Toni has just finished a series of stunning shows completing her tour and the Matariki season.

Many thanks to #StephenACourtPhotography for this pic above from this magical evening in the WellyReCut Show and to Ropine Huata-Wagner for the pic below.

Toni has spent the last month writing and composing and we thank Te Mangai Paaho for their support to 13 tracks and 8 music videos that Toni will start in November.

Maori Music Month is upon us and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori celebrate 30 years and Toni received news that she is a FINALIST in this years WAIATA Maori Music Awards on Sep 15th in Hastings.

Soon Toni starts rehearsals for The World of Wearable Arts opening Sep 20th to Oct 8th before travelling to Hawaii.

Very exciting, nga mihi ki a koutou katoa

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Very exciting, nga mihi ki a koutou katoa.

Wairoa Film Festival - Mohaka & Matariki!

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Since our last newsletter we've been busy organising the final leg of the Tākitimu Karanga Tour,

Audiences have seen Toni perform at a variety of events including the IPENZ awards, and

ReCut, a dynamic project where Tory Street was transformed into a magic urban performance

stage. We are also counting down to the Wairoa Film Festival in June where Toni's music video

Mohakawill feature as the opening film and the very recent Tākitimu Karanga show where Toni 

organised a fantastic line-up of artists from both Ngāti Kahungnu and of the Tākitimu canoe

to honour our Mums on Mother's Day.

  • 07th April, IPENZ awards (The Fellows’ and Achievers’ Awards) Wellington
  • 28th April, ReCUT. Tory Street, Wellington
  • 14th May, MOTHERS DAY Tākitimu Karanga Tour performance. Karaka Cafe. Wharewaka, Wellington from 2pm - 5pm
  • 2nd June, Wairoa Film Festival, Kahungunu Marae, Wairoa (Film Festival season 2nd - 5th June)
  • 3rd June, Wairoa Film Festival awards, Key note speaker Tame Iti. Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa
  • Kahungunu Matariki 9, 16, 17 June - Tamatea, Hastings, Napier,
  • Matariki 14, 20, 21 22 23 24 June -  Vic Uni, Otari, Dowes, Upper Hutt, City Gallery, Tapu te Ranga Wellington
  • 30 June / 1 July, Tory Street Re Cut, Wellington

See you  in Queen's Birthday Weeekend in Wairoa whānau. Have a great month,

and look out for Matariki performances around the country and another

Tory Street Re Cut perform end  of June.

Toni's personal story also featured in the Mother's Day edition of

New Zealand Women's weekly - we're all about sharing, inspiring others and

keeping it real!

Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa...mauri ora

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TAKITIMU KARANGA on Mother's Day & NZ Music Month 2017!

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We are very delighted that allot of you were able to attend this beautiful event celebrating

Maori music and performance with artists from Ngati Kahungnu and Takitimu canoe on a day for our mum's on Mother's Day.

The month of May is New Zealand Music month so we wish to engage with all in the spirit of togetherness, our connections, our language, our arts and love.

Through this we connect on all levels!

Great to see your mum and wider family with our wonderful hangi in the Karaka Cafe and

then the entertainment from this exceptional array of musical artists and kapahaka from

Te Haeata Awatea - Wellington College and Wellington Girls High School.

RSVP always essential to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we look forward to the next celebration!

Mauri ora!

MOHAKA Video Live now!

NZ on Air new music video MOHAKA by Toni Huata

Kia ora tātau

This our new music video MOHAKA which debuted during Te Matatini and officially at Waipapa-a-Iwi Mohaka Marae in March 2017 with a lovely family concert within the Tākitimu Karanga Tour.

Many thanks to NZ on AIR, Penn Productions our cast and crew, all the whanau in Mohaka and Waipapa-a-Iwi Mohaka Marae. A special mention to our emerging stars in the video Te Okanga Huata-Wagner and Ashanti Culshaw-Tahuri. May this be the start of many great opportunities for you in your vast future. Mauri ora ki a koutou katoa

This video is on and promotes a new CD called Kahungunu Maranga!

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Deezer - http://www.deezer.com/album/15380425

Te Matatini! Takitimu Karanga tour! Mohaka Video launch!


Since our last article we've been busy organising the Tākitimu Karanga Tour, Toni has been teaching, performing locally and everyone's counting down to Matatini 2017; where Toni will be participating as an MC. We're also very excited about the upcoming launch of Toni's new music video Mohaka. The track is from Toni's Kahungunu Maranga CDand a special edition with bonus tracks will be available for purchase. The extra tracks were penned by Te Okanga Huata, and include some of Toni's favourites: 'Ko Wai Ka Hua' (Te Māori e album) - a love jazz ballad written for Toni's grandmother Ngaro Rangi and the 28th Māori Battalion. 'Te Māori e' (Te Māori e album) - commemorating the Te Māori exhibition in the 1980's, 'Whakarongo a tai' (Mauri Tō album) - celebrating our connections to our Pacific cousins and origins, 'Ngā Tukemata' (Mauri Tō album) - performed by Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga and Toni's heartfelt rendition of Te Taite Cooper and Bishop Max Mariu, Kahungunu favourite,  'Te Hokinga Mai' (Whiti album).  ‘Kahungunu Maranga CD’ is available online, in store, National Museums, Art Galleries, distributed by ODE Records and available for sale by Huia Publishers in the Whanau Village at the Te Matatini 2017 Kapa Haka Festival in Hastings from Feb 23rd 2017. See Toni and many more in the following dates whanau!

  • 18 February, 4am - 7am, Takitumu ki Rarotonga Pou Unveiling, Civic Square, Hastings,Toni MC
  • 22 February, 11am, Te Matatini Powhiri, MC Lean Park, Napier
  • 22 February, 6 - 10pm, Ngatarawa Winery, Hastings
  • 23 February, 3:30pm, Pavillion Show, Kahungunu Festival, HB Sports Park. Hastings
  • 24 February, 8:30pm, A Night of Drag, Bar 2013 Karamu Rd, Hastings. Tickets $25.00
  • 24 - 26 February, 8am - 8pm, Te Matatini 2017, HB Sports Park, Hastings, Toni MC
  • 25 February, 6 - 9pm, (Toni 8pm) FREE Kahungunu Beach Party, Marine Parade, Napier 
  • 24 - 26 February, 10am - 2pm, Kahungunu Pavillion, HB Sports Park, Hastings, Toni MC 
  • 4 March, 5 - 7pm, Concert & Mohaka music video launch, Waipapa a Iwi Marae in Mohaka, with Toni Huata, Brannigan Kaa, Adrian  Tangaroa Wagner, Peter & Noeline Hawkins and many more.

A big kia ora goes out to NZ On Air for funding another Toni Huata music video and to Penn Productions - Scott and Hayley for doing a stellar production yet again and to Director Jharaz Kirione-Williams for working so easily with all the whānau talent on the day. Another special mihi goes to Te Okanga Huata-Wagner and Ashanti Culshaw both 12 years at the shoot and who with no acting experience both captured the spirit of this kaupapa and are just a delight to watch. We've got a busy fortnight ahead....Enjoy!

Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa...mauri ora!

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