Face of the Day


New Zealand singer Moana Maniapoto will be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards later this month.

The Invercargill-born singer (Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao) came to prominence in 1987 with the song ‘Kua Makona’ from her group, Moana and the Moahunters.

She later went on to form the group Moana and the Tribe in the early 2000s, known for their fusion of waiata, haka and electronic-flavoured soul.

In 2004, Maniapoto was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order or Merit, and in 2005 was made a lifetime recipient of the Tohu Mahi Hou a Te Waka Toi Award for her contribution to Māori art. In 2008, she received a Music Industry Award at the Māori Waiata Awards.

“Her achievements, which continue today, as an award-winning writer, artist, filmmaker, band member and activist are many and varied,” says head of New Zealand operations APRA AMCOS Anthony Healey.

“But the unifying strand that runs through all of them is music.

Even though she’s a raging lefty, these accolades are well deserved.

  • Greg Nelson

    Moana who?

  • oldmanNZ

    I think most artist are lefty.
    Since Helen Clarke boosted funding for non selfdependable artist.

    Green or lefty they are.

  • Patriot

    When I was living overseas in the early 1990s every now and again I would feel a bit homesick. At those times there were 2 albums I would play while drinking wine, allowing myself to wallow slightly and acknowledge I was homesick. I would then get over it and back to real life, enjoying different expereinces until the next time. One album was Moana and the Moa Hunters Tahi and the other was the Topp Twins. I still have both CDs. I loved Tahi but never got into any of her other music but thats about personal taste. Yes the award is well deserved.