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Toni Huata

Toni Huata Poi Performance at HOPUKIA ShowDownload Promotion Booklet (PDF 7.6mb)

From London jazz clubs to European arts festivals, Toni Huata's style and strength

as a performer allows her to stand confidently in the Māori and non-Māori worlds.


Toni is a Māori songtress, actor, performer, director and producer whose talent allows her to

perform at various music and dance festivals both nationally and around the world including

support to The Neville Brothers (USA).


Toni has performed in London-UK, Basque, Spain, Holland, Germany, Canada, Hawaii,

Rarotonga, Manila-Philippines, Palau, America Samoa, Solomon Islands, Australia, China,

Hungary, Austria and Japan.



Her performances overseas have earned her praise:


"Toni brings forth sounds and feelings from the past, mixes it with today's international

musical influences to present a sound for the future" -Tū Mai Magazine, NZ


"Aotearoa's very own Whitney Houston"- Cook Island News


"Maori Diva sings in London" - NZ News, UK


"Her stunning voice has been heard before but 'Te Māori e' is a visual and aural delight"

- Real Groovy, NZ


Constantly in demand, audiences are captivated as Toni adds to the allurement of our

exotic shores making Maori language “sexy’”.– Tu Mai Magazine, NZ


Hailing from Hastings in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, Toni says she was surrounded by

an eclectic array of influences including the Anglican Church, choir, tap dancing,

musical theatre and Mäori cultural performance. She affiliates to Ngäti Kahungunu and

Rongowhakaata tribes, and is also of Lebanese, German, Scandinavian and Irish decent.


Toni's music reflects her deep spiritual roots however vocals range from jazz to soul ballads,

opera to haka. Toni graduated in music at Whitireia Polytechnic, than toured throughout NZ

for four years in Jim Moriarty's Te Rakau Hua o Te Wao Tapu theatre company. Adding more

strings to her bow, Toni’s voice features in Peter Jackson’s King Kong and she performs in

various theatre including her starring role as Hine-nui-te-Po in the NZ renowned aerial theatre

production of ‘Maui – One Man against the Gods’, World of Wearable Arts, New Zealand festival etc.


“Toni Huata brings serene strength to Hine, and shows great focus and vocal control, by

continuing to sing with effortless beauty, as she flies across the stage”. – Theatre review, NZ


Toni has a EP Kahungunu Maranga (2016) and FIVE award winning, chart topping solo

albums, TOMOKIA (2014), HOPUKIA (2012), WHITI (2010), MAURI TO (2003) and

TE MAORI E (2001) where she continues collaborate with producer Paddy Free and

renowned composer, percussionist Gareth Farr (Rugby World Cup 2011 opening

ceremony music). Toni’s voice also featured in the Fan Fare music by Gareth Farr for all

48 RWC 2011 games as the teams entered the fields to play.


Toni is also a motivational speaker, vocal coach, stage craft tutor, event organizer and

mother of two.


Media quotes:


"The beautiful vocal power of Toni Huata" - DOMPOST, NZ


"Toni Huata sets the mood" (performance with the Neville Brothers) - Kapi Mana, NZ


"Brave and True like her ancestors: Toni Huata" - Capital Times, NZ


""Toni Huata - Capturing the moment!' - NZ Musician Magazine, NZ


“The show had high quality offerings for a wide variety of tastes, ended most suitably with

Toni Huata singing the dramatic Haere Atu Ra” (The Right Royal Gala Show) DOMPOST, NZ


Show Reviews:


“Toni Huata shows are people and history. I love the tribal sounds, electronic beats and

Māori stories fused with NZ talent and Toni’s stunning voice which is strong yet angelic.

Wow, just beautiful! Love this album!’


“I enjoyed the new and fresh combination and reo, waiata and electronica.

Toni brings a fresh view to the combination and collaboration of mātauranga Māori and

modern music”.


RADIO: Radio New Zealand Interview about Maori language music and week:


RNZ interview with Toni Huata and Paddy Free:





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