Regarded as one of our most significant voices, Moana Maniapoto (Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao) has been at the beating heart of the nation’s music scene for four decades.
She first rose to mainstream prominence in 1987 when Moana and the Moahunters released the song ‘Kua Makona’, blending the traditional with the contemporary.
The Invercargill-born singer-songwriter went on to form Moana and the Tribe in the early 2000s, shaping a unique fusion of waiata, haka and electronic-flavoured soul.
Since then, Moana Maniapoto and her band have played at hundreds of festivals and concerts around the globe. Their performances have been met with critical acclaim, helping to establish her and her music as one of New Zealand’s greatest musical exports.
“Her achievements, which continue today, as an award winning writer, artist, film-maker, band member and activist, are many and varied – but the unifying strand that runs through all of them is music,” says Anthony Healey, Head of NZ Operations for APRA AMCOS. “She has shown people here that music is a language to unify, educate, advocate, understand, inspire, comfort and forgive – and she has taken that message around the world, leading the way for artists everywhere, encouraging and empowering them to do the same”.
The New Zealand Music Hall of Fame was created by APRA AMCOS and Recorded Music NZ in 2007, and has so far paid tribute to Jordan Luck, Johnny Devlin, The Topp Twins, Straitjacket Fits, Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns, Ray Columbus & The Invaders, The Fourmyula, Shihad, Hello Sailor, Dragon, Herbs, Toy Love, Dave Dobbyn, Shona Laing, Douglas Lilburn, Supergroove, Bill Sevesi and The Exponents.
Moana will be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards at Vector Arena in Auckland on Thursday, September 29.