The iconic Gardens Magic concert series returns to the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā’s Soundshell for three weeks next month – so get ready to face the music. Wellington City Council is proud to be hosting this free event for its 43rd year, filling the summer nights with sounds and a light display which transforms the gardens into a magical setting. Head along with a rug and picnic and grab some friends and whānau for an evening of free entertainment from some of the best local talent around. There’ll be something for everyone with music ranging from contemporary pop to indie to classical to rock. Here’s what some of the artists say about their Gardens Magic experience and performing live.
Toni Huata, Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata (Aotearoa Allstars | Thurs 19 Jan)
A Wellington-based group made up of artists from a number of award winning Kaupapa Māori music groups. The group aims to promote te reo Māori through music and having fun with the audience.
I have performed and attended Gardens Magic at different times over the years and what I like about this festival is that it celebrates all genre of music, performance, culture and talent. Gardens Magic also celebrates Wellington and our arts culture here. In particular to our involvement, in the past and in 2023 with 'Puoro ki te Ao' and 'Aotearoa Allstars' we celebrate our reo, traditions, compositions and contemporary kaupapa Māori music for all to experience and enjoy.
I love being in nature, it brings a beautiful mauri. I also like being with families, different cultures and sharing our music to uplift and heal others. We are lucky that this is a two-way process and we receive a lot of positivity in return. The good thing with Gardens Magic is that it is a family audience, it's fresh into Raumati 2023, and we are sharing our reo with the multitudes.
HE WAIATA MOTUHAKE - A Special Waiata
We are very happy to announce that te reo Māori ballad HE AROHA written by Ngahiwi Apanui, sung by Toni Huata and recorded with Aotearoa Allstars released as part of the Waiata Anthems Week of releases 5-11 September 2022.
HE AROHA: Buy https://bfan.link/he-aroha
HE AROHA: Audio https://youtu.be/W0CooFs_qjo
And for Te Wiki mo te reo Māori the below
Hei tā te tautitotito o te waiata 'He Aroha', a Ngahiwi Apanui, e tū whakahīhī ana ia ka whakaputaina a 'He Aroha' e Waiata Anthems 2022.
Kia ora koutou katoa,
What a fantastic year it has been in terms of great music, events, wānanga and projects amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
World wide many are affected whether in illness, lost lives, recovery, vaccination, non-vaccination, regional lockdowns, traffic light systems, economic loss, live events and just plain seeing whānau, the world has forever changed. We send our love and light to all that have been effected by this mate korona, mate urutā.
We look forward to a season of great music, playing and creation, online and live music experiences, as it feeds into our Aotearoa music industry.
Here's to health, wealth and happiness and may this be spread world wide to each of you and your families.
Ngā manaakitanga ki runga i a koutou me o koutou whānau
TAIHOA Official Video
Celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Toni releases her music video TAIHOA (Wait), from her album Te Rerenga – The Journey.
LISTEN Te Rerenga - The Journey
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TAIHOA (Dub-Mix) is track 10 and was originally written in response to a substance use campaign but the song itself is open to interpretation.
The overt message is for parents to think about the consequences of over indulgence with drugs and alcohol - the impact it has on our children and families and how this has affected our relationships and health.
No one is perfect but everything we do effects how our children see themselves and the narrative they carry into adulthood.
So TAIHOA, WAIT and THINK!
Taihoa could also be applied to taking it slow in relationships too.
Te Māngai Pāho and Motion Valley Film Company
On-set director: Canaan Akuhata-Brown
Producer: Hayley Watters
Director of Photography: Scott Pennington
Assistant: Mathew Wyn-Harris
Editor: Scott Pennington
Photographer: Stephen A’Court
Actors: Shanara Wallace (daughter), Kylie Watters (mother)
Artist: Toni Huata (lyrics, lead/backing vocals, composition)
Music Producer / Remix: Paddy Free
Tui class at Te Kura o Ōtari for the TAIHOA shout outs!
For more information check out: www.tonihuata.com
TAHURI MAI VIDEO HERE
TAHURI MAI A NEW MUSIC VIDEO CELEBRATION for NZ MUSIC MONTH by TONI HUATA
In celebration of NZ Music Month and within the spirit of aroha Toni Huata releases her fourth music video Tahuri Mai, from her new album Te Rerenga – The Journey on Mother’s Day.
Toni is happy to announce the release of her new music video Tahuri Maia love song written and composed by Adrian Tangaroa Wagner and Toni Huata, produced by Paddy Free, filmed by Motion Valley and funded by Te Māngai Pāho.
Toni says, “I’m excited to release my fourth video ‘
Tahuri Mai’ to celebrate this month of NZ and Māori music, the spirit of aroha, my husband Adrian’s birthday and on Mother’s Day. So many kaupapa but all relevant to the celebration of this song. We released Tahuri Mai to Māori radio as a single originally and with this new video it is now track 14 on Te Rerenga – The Journey album.
Tahuri Mai - I Tunes
Tahuri Mai - Spotify Track 14
Tahuri Mai Original Single Notes
I love how Tahuri Mai has developed into this sunshine, happy feeling of Summer.Itreminds me of our honeymoon in Vanuatu and travels to sunny places throughout Aotearoa, the pacific and the world. Thanks to Paddy, Pos and Pat for their spirit in this song. The video follows the day in the lives of a young couple and takes us to stunning locations in Wellington. Many thanks to Scott, Hayley, Canaan, Mat and our beautiful talent John and Mariarangi. Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa”.
Te Māngai Pāho and Motion Valley Film Company.
On-set Director: Canaan Akuhata-Brown,
Producer: Hayley Watters,
Director of Photography: Scott Pennington,
Drone Operator/Assistant: Mathew Wyn-Harris,
Editor: Scott Pennington
Toni Huata, Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata, has been appointed to the newly established role of Kaihautū Puoro Māori - Director of Māori Music at SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music.
This new role will be responsible for the implementation and development of SOUNZ’s Māori Music Strategy. SOUNZ Executive Director, Diana Marsh, said, “This full-time leadership role is a significant new direction for SOUNZ as we intend to work with Māori composers to expand our collection and the work that we do to represent the music of Aotearoa.”
“SOUNZ is delighted to appoint such an experienced candidate to this role,” said Diana Marsh, in announcing the appointment today. “Toni has shown a strong commitment to Māori music through her work with numerous organisations in both leadership roles and as a composer and musician, and we are fortunate to have her join the SOUNZ whānau to further promote and share the music of Māori composers.”
Ms Huata says, “I'm very happy to support SOUNZ in this new role and acknowledge all that have contributed towards the fruition of this journey. I look forward with much excitement to connecting and collaborating with many organisations and composers in this coming year; highlighting our uniqueness yet commonality from our special place in this world - Aotearoa.
Nō reira, āku nui, āku rahi, kā nui rā ngā mihi ki a koutou mō tō koutou tautoko ki te kaupapa kai mua i a tātau. E rere e te huata hopukia, e rere e te manuka tomokia.”
Toni Huata brings a wide variety of skills to this role, including manager, director, producer and performer. Toni is well known within the culture sector in New Zealand as a practitioner and promoter of Māori culture, music and performance. She has served in governance roles with Te Runanga o Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Whanganui ā Tara, Pūatatangi - Toi Māori Aotearoa, Taki Rua Productions, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated and other iwi and Māori agencies.
SOUNZ would like to thank the Lottery Grants Board and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori for their support of SOUNZ's Māori Music Strategy and this role.
SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand music works to champion the music of New Zealand’s composers. SOUNZ is home to a diverse and vibrant collection of information, scores, recordings and films of New Zealand music and performances. Creative collaborations with partner organisations such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, RNZ Concert, APRA and NZ On Air highlight the organisation’s ongoing growth and development through events and projects that promote the music of Aotearoa to national and international audiences.
Announcing the release of ‘Ha’ music video online! Live now at https://youtu.be/x-FG0u42F4g
And Toni Huata’s 7th studio album
‘ Te Rerenga – The Journey ’ LIVE NOW
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Shot against the backdrop of the greater Wellington region and directed by Canaan Akuhata-Brown, ‘Ha” explores the day to day challenges that face many whanau and the beautiful depths of love within us all, as they come together,
to dance against the odds.
‘This is our whānau mental health kaupapa. For when we’re overwhelmed or challenged in life - all we need to do is to take a moment, breathe and trust that balance will be restored once again. I think the video is fantastic in capturing whānau leaving any woes behind and just letting their hair down! Simply put by Motion Valley – ‘We follow numerous people in their daily life as they struggle and feel overwhelmed. Each character then breaks free into dance to overcome the stress’. I think it is positive and uplifting in all their own unique way! -Toni Huata
Cast: Toni Huata, Adrian Wagner, Te Okanga and Ropine Huata-Wagner; Lois Reid, Maureen Collins-Lucic, Kelly Te Moananui, Te Aranga, Tyler and Rina Mata; Arohanui Watene, Chris Clegg, Matt Renata, Tui Innes, Nicky Finn, Timon Zeiss, Christine Godetz, Sophia Stephens and Stainton Anderson.
Proudly supported by Te Māngai Pāho and with many thanks to Motion Valley, cast and whānau.
‘Te Rerenga – The Journey’ released in both in CD and LIVE online at:
The Mākaro Room, Te Wharewaka o Pōneke - Function Centre
Thursday, September the 13 th from 5pm till 8pm
Māori Language Week 10-16 September 2018
Hot on the heels of a very busy Matariki season and Māori Music Month. Which not only saw Toni Huata performing new works throughout Aotearoa, but also the release of both her new video singles ‘AIO’ and ‘WAIORA’. Toni is delighted to announce the upcoming release of her new album.
‘ Te Rerenga – The Journey ’
This 16 track album, is a collaboration between Pitch Black producer Paddy Free and Toni, including a reunion with renowned composer Gareth Farr. This album will be heralded by the release of the albums third video single ‘HĀ’ and the whānau friendly event TE RERENGA – He Reo Ora
- A night of Music, Kapahaka, Dance and Slam Poetry, in celebration of both Toni’s album release and Māori Language Week.
This stunning event with feature live performance from not only Toni Huata but also featuring performances from Te Kahu Rolleston, Timotimo, Te Kura Māori o Porirua, Brannigan Kaa, Horomona Horo, Te Kura o Ōtari and Toni’s debut videos. Taking place at The Mākaro Room, Te Wharewaka Function Centre
Thursday September the 13th from 5pm till 8pm
Entry by Koha, RSVP to Waahuu@xtra.co.nz is essential.
‘Te Rerenga’ is about a journey. From the journey of our ancestors travelling from Hawaiki to Aotearoa; to journeys of family, relationship, friendship and reconnection; to reflection, love, identity & homeland; to my own personal health journey over the past 2 years. We were very lucky to be supported by Te Māngai Pāhō for 5 music videos alongside this album and we thank all our whānau, cast and crew that were involved. We also thank all the musicians, composers and production team for the support creating this wonderful project. ‘Te Rerenga’ is a full array of genre from dub, ambient, world, dance, classical and soul. All the songs have their own story and it was particularly special to finally include ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and our Turakina version to the late Hone Tuwhare poem ‘Rain’
Announcing the video release of ‘WAIORA’ by Toni Huata.
In the wake of a busy Matariki season, which saw Toni Huata performing new works throughout Aotearoa. Toni in celebration August’s Māori Music Month, will be performing this weekend as part of ‘New World’, at ‘Aotearoa’s Most Talented’ on 16th, Te Mata Peak on 18th, ‘Te Reo Ki Tua’ on 23/24th and is very happy to announce the release of her new video ‘WAIORA” from her upcoming album ‘Te Rerenga – The Journey’ due for release during Maori Language Week 10-16 September 2018.
‘This song is my acknowledgement to our waters, the rejuvenation within our bodies and with the environment. ‘WAIORA’ refers to life water and is also one of identity. Our bodies are made up of mostly water so it is not surprising that we are affected heavily by the lack of water within our environment and ourselves. I truly identify with fresh water or waimāori and my river that influenced me growing up being Te Wairoa Hopupu Honengenenge Matangirau in Wairoa, which is also our reflective, spiritual waters – wairua. This song is one for inner and outer hauora and certainly one of refection” Toni Huata
This stunning video by Motion Valley, features Oribe Maipi, in search of her truth and being drawn to what rejuvenates her and in the end what replenishes the land. It debuted exclusively at the Wairoa Film Festival in June and featured in the Māori Film Week in July.
Many thanks to Te Māngai Pāho, Paddy Free and Motion Valley for their support and the stunning locations of Wainamu and Studio63, ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.
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Announcing the ‘AIO’ video has released!
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It’s been a busy Matariki season already for Toni Huata. Having performed her new single ‘AIO’ as part of Wellington City Council's Matariki events 'Ahi Kaa' and 'ReCut5' along Wellington's waterfront and within many Matariki events around the country. Toni has also launched ‘AIO’ live at the ‘20th Wellington Gold Awards’ and screened 'AIO' especially at ‘Te Wiki o Kiriata Māori’ in Auckland. ‘AIO’ will be heavily featured in this Saturdays closing ceremonies, where Toni will premiere seven new songs from upcoming, yet to release album ‘Te Rerenga –The Journey’, as part of the festival closing ‘Matariki Sky Show’ fireworks extravaganza, all a part of the Matariki ki Pōneke festival.
To celebrate this, we are delight to announce the release of her beautiful new video and single ‘AIO’!
“It has been an absolute joy performing AIO throughout this Matariki season. Doing the track was energetic and inspiring with Paddy Free and all involved. Working with Motion Valley, our whānau on set and these fabulous dancers was also a real pleasure. Whitireia Park was magical with Tawhirimatea blowing his mauri around us and Tamanuitera shining brightly through us, an awesome tohu for our mahi with great acknowledgements to Ngāti Toa Rangatira. Many thanks always to Te Māngai Pāho for supporting this song and in our continued journey of Māori music and video productions. Hari Matariki ki a tātau!” -Toni Huata
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