Toni Huata - Tahuri Mai!
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Toni Huata - Tahuri Mai!

With harmonious vocals, sunshine ukulele fused with the beauty of the Māori language, Toni Huata’s new single ‘Tahuri Mai’ will be released during New Zealand Music Month - on 24 May 2013 - through DRM / Amplifier Music.

As a daughter and descendant of Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata, the new single ‘Tahuri Mai’ is a collaboration with Toni’s husband Adrian who wrote the lyrics while she composed the tune. This expression is a encore collaboration with one of the country's most respected electronic musicians, Paddy Free, who produced Toni’s New Zealand album chart hit ‘Hopukia’ in 2012, Tomokia in 2014 and Toni's latest hit Te Rerenga - The Journey 2019.

Tahuri Mai’ is entirely in te reo Māori. It is a love song and a statement of how deep true love can be. ‘Tahuri Mai’ was sculptured in Toni's own studio which is nestled beside Wilton’s Otari forest, Wellington, where the proud mother of two writes songs inspired by her life experiences and runs a business as an event organiser, executive producer, stage and vocal coach and performer.


The single has been made possible with the assistance of Te Māngai Pahō - the Māori Broadcasting Funding Agency - enabling Toni to explore musical horizons and share her opulent waiata (songs) with audiences around the world. ‘Tahuri Mai’ can be heard on iwi radio stations.



Written by Adrian Wagner and Toni Huata

Lead and Backing Vocals: Toni Huata

Produced by Toni Huata and Paddy Free

Keyboards and Programming: Paddy Free

Mastered by Chris Chetland at Kog                                                                

Guitar and Ukulele: Pos Mavaega

Language Consultant: Hira Huata                                                                    

Bass: Pat Siolo

Recording Studios: Otari, Piha

Artwork: Toni Huata

Distribution and Sales:

Executive Producers: THC Ltd and WaaHuu Creations


For media and business inquiries, contact: WaaHuu Creations on phone +64 21 639 790 or email w

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