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Happy 2017!

Kahungunu Maranga CD Poster 2017 web

Kia ora tātau,

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 of  shows 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, with  stunning 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!

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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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‘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!

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