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Waiata Māori Music Awards Winners Announced

PERE wins big at Waiata Māori Music Awards
Talent Honoured in Star-Studded Waiata Māori Music Awards Ceremony

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The Waiata Māori Music Awards were presented last night at a red-carpet glamour ceremony before an audience of stars and VIPs from
the world of Māori music at Club Hastings.

Te Kākono, the group of young Māori artists who created the Te Reo compilation album Te Kākono were the most honoured, awarded Best Māori Traditional Album (Te Reo Māori), Best Maori Pop Artists and Best Song by a Māori
Artist for the song Tōrea  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGvF-YrXzM0

The winning song, Tōrea, was written by group member PERE, who won Best Māori Male Solo Artist in his first venture as a solo artist.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYVWAbrMxnw

PERE is also a member of the group Maimoa, which won Radio Airplay Song of the Year By a Māori Artist in Te Reo for their song Kawea   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDy2KXV6W1w

This year is the third time Waikato-Tainui musician Amba Holly has won Best Māori Female Solo Artist. This year, she also took out the Best Māori Songwriter award. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J8cak9RLBk

Best Māori Urban Artist is 2013 APRA Silver Scroll finalist Tipene for his groundbreaking album Tautoko https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e79kNDYxAC0

Best Roots Reggae Award went to Whanganui reggae band NLC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW_SPbxmSts

Best Video of the Year by a Māori Artist went to LAB for their video Baby Will You Let Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5dz83fZEBw

Radio Airplay Song of the Year by a Māori Artist went to Six60 for Vibes, who also performed at the ceremony.

Waiata Maori Music Awards Iconic recipients:

Trevor Horowaewae Maxwell - Keeper of Tradition | Kaitiaki Tikanga Pūoru 

Jarrod Huirama - Music Industry Award | Ahumahi Pūoru 
Abe Phillips - Lifetime Contribution to Māori Music | Mauriora o Te Ao Pūoru Māori  

Pixie Williams - Lifetime Contribution to Māori Music | Mauriora o Te Ao Pūoru Māori  

Full List of Winners is here

 

Now in its 12th year, the Waiata Māori Music Awards were established by composer, musician and teacher Tama Huata ONZM (Ngati Kahungunu), a renowned leader and champion of Māori music and performing arts.

Awards executive director Ellison Huata says, “The Waiata Māori Music Awards celebrate excellence in Māori music and acknowledge and honour the keepers, teachers, promoters, creators and performers of Māori music.”

Contact details: 
Kiriata Publicity - Nadia Micalee Marsh nadia.micalee@gmail.com 029 6644 000 Sue May suemay@xtra.co.nz 027 4739 318 WMMA Executive Director Ellison Huata ellison@kahurangi.com 027 461 8653

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Kiriata Publicity and Distribution

14 Sep 2019

Interests Kiriata Publicity operates as a specialist publicist of films in New Zealand, created and owned by film publicist Sue May.