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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


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

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.

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

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.

Best Māori Urban Artist is 2013 APRA Silver Scroll finalist Tipene for his groundbreaking album Tautoko

Best Roots Reggae Award went to Whanganui reggae band NLC

Best Video of the Year by a Māori Artist went to LAB for their video Baby Will You Let Me

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 029 6644 000 Sue May 027 4739 318 WMMA Executive Director Ellison Huata 027 461 8653

Written by

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.