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
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!
Happy 2017! With the Summer festival season well under way and Te Matatini in Ngāti Kahungunu just around the corner, we want to wish everyone a very safe holiday period and travel to these various, exciting events.
So much has happened where Toni has been overseas, she has performed at a number ofshows around NZ with Kahungunu Maranga and now Tākitimu Karanga and will be one of the 6 MC's for Te Matatihi 2017! Many thanks to Mā te Reo - Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Te Mangai Pāho for their continued support and to Te Matatini Feb 23-26 2017 for a great anticipated event.
Most recently Toni has shot her new music video for the waiata Mohaka, back in the stunning region of Mohaka and from Toni's EP Kahungunu Maranga. We have also been busy producing hard copies of this EP so that all can have the opportunity to have your own copy.
Kahungunu Maranga and this video Mohaka are very close to Toni's heart. Her memorial to her grandfather Te Okanga (Aussie) Huata, whom composed Mohaka in memory of his mother Ropine Huata nee Aranui, it is also a reconnection to this stunning ancestral area for Toni and her family. 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/s. This video highlights the beauty, grace, spirit and joy of Mohaka, withstunning scenic shots and a heartfelt narrative story of returning to re-connect with Mohaka and the people. Another special mihi goes to our young talent that star in the video alongside Toni, Te Okanga Huata-Wagner and Ashanti Culshaw both 12 years at the shoot and who with no acting experience captured the spirit of this kaupapa and are just a delight to watch.
We look forward to the release/debut of the Mohaka video alongside a celebratory show with local talent in Te Kahu o te Amorangi Marae, Mohaka in February 2017. Keep tuned in for further details on the exact date as all whānau are welcome!
Whānau, there are so many great events coming up so enjoy! and as always - thanks for your support! Have a great Christmas/New Year and upcoming Te Matatini 2017 everyone.
Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa...mauri ora!
Matariki - A New Year! Akina te Reo!
Kia ora tātau,
Happy Matariki! and welcome to new friends! It's been a while since our last newsletter and so much has happened. Toni has been supporting a number of important kaupapa whilst preparing for the upcoming performances we've listed below. But the big news is that a new music video is in the works for the waiata Mohaka, from Toni's latest EP Kahungunu Maranga. A big kia ora goes out to NZ On Air for funding another Toni Huata music video - that's two years in a row. Hopukia te tao generated such a buzz last year so the pressure is on to visually honour the lyricism of Mohaka, especially as Toni's grandfather Te Okanga (Aussie) Huata, composed the waiata in memory of his mother Ropine Huata nee Aranui. With these many opportunities to connect to Toni's home region of Ngāti Kahungunu, we would also like to thank Te Mangai Pāho and Mā te Reo - Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori for their continued support. Ngā mihi aroha ki a koutou.
Whānau, there are so many great events coming up so enjoy! and as always - thanks for your support! Have a great Matariki, and upcoming Te Wiki o te Reo Māori everyone. Ngā mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa...mauri ora.
Matariki, Māori Language Week & Kahungunu Maranga Shows:
Matariki Ōtari: 9th June, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Te Kura o Ōtari, Wellington Matariki Tamatea: 10th June, 5 - 8pm, Te Aute College, Central Hawkes Bay Mataariki Puapua - Cosmic Birth: 11th June, 6:30 - 8:30pm, Hastings Arts Centre Matariki Heretaunga: 17th June, 5 - 9pm, Flaxmere Park, Hastings Matariki Te Whanganui a Orotu: 18th June, 5 - 8pm, Sound Shell, Napier
Matariki Maupuia: 25 June, Master of Ceremonies 6 - 8pm, Com Hall, Wellington Matariki Iwi Leaders Fisheries: 29 June 7 - 10pm, Te Wharewaka, Wellington MLW - Kahungunu Maranga: July 4th, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Karaka Café, Wellington Māori Television: 6th July, 8:30pm. Pio Terei walks the Te Araroa - Tales From the Trails MLW - Akina te Reo: 9th July, TONI ON AT 2PM 1 - 4pm, Te Marae, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington Matariki Ball - Ngāti Porou: July 9th, 6 - 11pm, Silverstrem Retreat, Upper Hutt, Wellington Te Haaro o te Kahu - Secondary Kapahaka Competions, 18 - 22 July, Hawkes Bay Māori Music Month - Wellington, 1 - 7 August
and welcome to new friends. The feative season is upon us once again, and we're all looking forward to a relaxing break with whānau and friends.
Since our last newsletter we've been promoting Māori music throughout Europe and Australia; Toni's been teaching at The School of Dance in Poneke where it's always a pleasure working with up and coming performers, she's also featured on Māori Televisions hit program WAIATA since November, and we've been exploring options for both local and overseas performances and concerts in 2016.
Most recently, we’ve been adding the finishing touches to three freshly re-recorded waiata originally composed by Toni’s Dad, Te Okanga Huata. The tracks will be available from February 2016 but in the meantime click on the image above to get an early preview, we know you’ll love them!
Whānau, no matter what your plans are, much love to you all and we look forward to sharing and catching up.