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HASTINGS, New Zealand



Friday 11th September 7pm
Hastings Sports Centre
Railway Road, Hastings

Entries for 2015 NOW OPEN

Rob Ruha
Stan Walker

Entries for the 8th year of the Māori Music Awards 2015 NOW OPEN

waiata Māori Music Awards

The Waiata Māori Music Awards seeks to develop, encourage and honour the achievements of outstanding traditional and contemporary musical compositions and performances annually.

This is the most prestigious music awards ever to acknowledge our Māori composers. Friday 11th September 2015 at the Hastings Sports Centre, Railway Road Hastings.

  • THE MANDATE of the Waiata Māori Music Awards is to produce and maintain a music competition that is open to all Māori music industry professionals i.e. all composers and artists.

    OUR AIM is to have all entries secretly judged in a non-biased way by active members of the Māori music industry and audited by a chartered accountant.

    OUR VISION is to produce a gala awards ceremony that will focus on the diversity and excellence of Māori Music in Aotearoa (New Zealand) featuring performances by current, or past finalists, and winners.

    THE MISSION of the Waiata Māori Music Awards is to acknowledge and honour the keepers, teachers, promoters, creators and performers of Māori music; to continue to develop and promote the diversity of all Māori music; to showcase and celebrate the excellence of Māori music; to recognise the unique vision of Māori composers and musicians; and to enrich this rich cultural voice.

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Te Koanga Fashion Show

Te Koanga Māori Fashion Show aims to fuse Māori music and Māori fashion into one spectacular forum, held as part of the annual National Waiata Māori Music Awards in Hawke’s Bay.

Coming Soon

Matatini Festival 2017

Hawkes Bay prepares for Te Matatini 2017.
More information will follow soon.

Sons of Zion
Winners +

Waiata Māori Awards Winners

Sons Of Zion have continued to build momentum in the NZ music industry and were the recipients of the 2014 Best Urban Roots Album award with Universal Love


  • 04 August 2013 by Waiata, in Music News
    Tama Waipara New Album Release Soon
    After much anticipation Tama Waipara celebrates the release of his second album Fill Up The Silence set for release 6 September 2013.
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  • 23rd April 2013 by Waiata, in Music News
    MAKE YOU MINE- new single and tour announced
    After turning heads with ‘Bird In Hand’, released in May this year, Anna Coddington and SJD have teamed up again for Make You Mine.
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  • 08 May 2015 by Waiata, in Music News
    Rob Ruha - Triple Award Winner
    Certainly no New-comer to musical accomplishment, Rob is widely recognized as an esteemed composer, songwriter.
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Waiata Māori Music Awards

This year we are celebrating 8 glorious years celebrating the very best talent from the Moari nation.

This site is dedicated to Tama Huata, one of the best-known advocates of Maori performing arts and a mentor to many singers, songwriters and performers

Frequently Asked Questions

A group or duo will be considered Maori if the person or persons who are the leading creative force are members of the Maori community and supported by the community

All submissions received after the closing date will not be accepted

You must first be nominated by a community group that supports your contribution to Maori Music

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Taisha Awards Ambassador
What I love most about the awards and Tama Huata's vision is the fact that there is a firm belief, and celebration, in the future whilst keeping a firm eye on the past.
after silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music