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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.


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