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Matariki - A New Year! Akina te Reo!

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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

TONI HUATA EP out now!

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Click here to listen and for orders

‘Kahungunu Maranga’ is the latest release from Kahungungu manu tioriori, Toni Huata.  

Available as of Waitangi Day 2016, ‘Kahungunu Maranga’ is a 3 song EP in Te Reo Māori, flavoured with a swing-jazz sound and a touch of country and released with the support of Te Māngai Pāho.

Toni Huata’s beautiful harmonies and arrangement of these 3 waiatawritten by her forefathers,

Are an ode to tīpuna, whānau and Iwi within the spirit of love and their legacy.

Written by Toni’s grandfather ‘Te Okanga Kahutapere (Aussie) Huata’,

Ō Tākitimu’ is a song ofencouragement for Kahungunu people to rise up.

Uplifting and full of heart and spirit, Ō Tākitimu’ is poignant in it’s timing, as Ngāti Kahungunu will be hosting Te Matatini 2017 for the second time eversince 1983.

‘Mohaka’ has a country feel, stirring fond memories from a childhood of waiata and line dancing.

‘Ngā Rori’ is a delicate waltz taking you on a journey through the winding roads of Mohaka.

Working alongside notable producer Paddy Free once again, with her rendition of these songs,


Toni Huata takes you back to her roots and her core lovefor her family and IwiNgāti Kahungunu.


Kahungunu Maranga’ is available from Waitangi Day, where Toni will be performing live at the Big 9 in Hastings.


This new EP from Toni Huata will make the perfect new edition to your music collection.

KAHUNGUNU MARANGA, Three new recordings for EP in 2016!

Click here to preview Toni's new songs! 


Toni Huata mid long shot - website

 Kia ora tātau,

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. 

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

Winner of Best Music Video, Maori Language Awards Finalist & success in Europe!



TRIBUTE: Toni Huata, a now internationality known performer from Hastings and based in Wellington, during last night's tribute to late Kahurangi Performing Arts School founder Tama Huata.

Emotion was the order of the night as some of New Zealand's top musical talent was celebrated and a late industry giant was commemorated at the national Waiata Maori awards.

The awards recognised many artists and among the award recipients was Wellington-based Toni Huata, from Hastings, a finalist in two categories and recognised for the Best Video of the Year by a Maori artist, for the production Hopukia Te Tao, heading off four other finalists, including Six60.

Toni was very happy to return to this auspicious evening celebrating the achievements of many and supporting her family with this tribute.

Toni has returned from a very successful trip to WOMEX World Music Expo in Budapest, Hungary, Vienna Austria, Toyko Japan and just now from AWME in Melbourne, Australia.

Toni Huata and Adrian Wagner partnership Waahuu Creations is also a finalist in the Private Sector for the Maori Language Awards later in November.

For all updates see Toni's facebook www.facebook.com/tonihuatamusic

Mauri ora!

New Video - Hopukia te tao for Maori Language Week 2015!


Kia ora tātāu,

We are getting close to the video release in Māori Language Week and the Matariki Tour has been stunning.

Here are some thoughts on the video to come...very exciting!

“I look at my family and a lot of them make their dreams a reality. So I wrote with that in mind. [The track Hopukia te tao] It is about being brave, speaking up and making choices. Cousin Hira with our family dialect, Paddy Free's production with stunning musical composition from Gareth Farr was the perfect collaboration for this song.”

Huata’s philosophy is one close to Dr.. Rangimarie Turuki Rose Pere’s heart. Pere who agreed to be in the video is a relative of Huata’s late grandfather, Te Okanga (Aussie) Huata. She was made Young Māori Woman of the Year in 1971, and for the past 40 years has been involved in education, community development and language revitalisation. Huata says “On the day of the shoot Koka Rose was amazing driving from Waikaremoana to Napier through a storm. Luckily by the time her plane landed in Wellington she was greeted by sunny skies, whānau and crew."

The cast also features Toni’s own daughter Ropine Anihaka Huata-Wagner, aged 6, who makes her screen debut in a touching scene with Pere. Huata’s producer husband Adrian Tangaroa Wagner says “the three day shoot went very smoothly, the crew were organised and the weather was unbelievable, especially for Winter." Auckland based film crew, Penn Productions, brought a narrative quality and professionalism when filming at the locations around Porirua, Pukerua Bay, Wellington and Wairarapa.

Equally passionate about Māori Language Week, Huata says she is excited to contribute to the week long campaign with the launch of the video. “We all know that Māori language is a part of who we are and not limited to a week but I am humbled by the generosity given by everyone involved. Koka Rose, our daughter Ropine and the lovely Acushla-Tara Sutton all embodies everything I had in mind when I wrote this song - a story of family, women, connection, choices and journey.” Many thanks to NZ on Air, Film Wellington, Porirua City Council and Penn Productions for their support to the video.

Toni will screen her new video and perform in Waikaremoana at the Takurua-a-Mere Celebration then at
A celebration of Māori Music from Ngāti Kahungunu, Karaka Café, Wharewaka on Wellington’s Waterfront at 5.30pm, Tuesday 28th July, 2015 - alongside Brannigan Kaa, Kirsten Te Rito, Matiu Te Huki and Te Kura o Otari. Kai, drinks and music available for purchase at the venue, entry by koha (donation), all are welcome.

RSVP's essential to waahuu.xtra.co.nz for venue capacity.

The video will also feature as part of a Māori Language Week installation at the National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aoteraoa, Molesworth Street Wellington.
Māori Television and Mana magazine will also feature Hopukia te tao music video that week.

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