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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.



This month has been fill of great music, collaborations and concerts throughout NZ's North Island and main centres Auckland and Wellington. We are in production for a music video for Toni's epic song 'HOPUKIA TE TAO' a collaboration with NZ renowned percussionist and composer Gareth Farr https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuKZlSc87mE

Toni is also touring throughout the country including her home regions of Ngati Kahungunu for MATARIKI in June and July. We wish you all the best celebrating 100% NZ Music...Mauri ora!

For Toni's music check out: http://www.amplifier.co.nz/artist/8266/toni-huata.html


2015 - Health, Wealth and Happiness to all!



Kia ora tatau,

Since China, Toni has been busy over the festive season performing and MCing in various events, award ceremonies, conferences, educational lectures and cultural collaborations from China to Melbourne to Aotearoa - New Zealand! Every performance and collaboration has bee a highlight. 

As 2015 shapes up, Toni looks forward to new composition projects, tours nationally and more international engagements. We look forward to sharing our updates with you all! Remember if you would like to listen to Toni's music, click on the links below.

Mauri ora!


Toni Huata in China!


Toni Huata is in Shanghai for the World Music Festival, NZ World Music Festival and will also travel to Wuxi city for the Shanghai International Festival over the next 3 weeks. Toni stunned Shanghai locals with her first performance last night in New Hongqiao Central Park that also saw Toni collaborate with local based DJ Cavia for the first time. Toni also will engage in cultural exchange visits, music schools, universities, consulate events and poi making works shops as well as further festival shows whilst in China. “Just in this short time I have an even deeper respect for the culture, history and language of the people here in China. I am very honoured to be part of one of the four groups that have and are entertaining here alongside Maisey and JJ Rika, The Musical Island Boys and Wellington’s International Ukulele Orchestra. The collaboration with DJ Cavia is perfect. I look forward to the rest of our stay here.” - Toni Huata http://www.idealshanghai.com/focus/116702/

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