Moana Maniapoto

 
Rua Album cover 1990 - 2000
Music Video installation
Mixed media
200 x 300 cm Rua Album cover
1998 Tangata / BMG Records NZ
"My songs are about our people. I write about what touches me as a Maori woman and mother and about what is affecting us as Maori. Sometimes I write about our connection to Papatuanuku (Mother Earth). Other times, it may be about an injustice, or the renaissance of Maori language and traditions. My stories touch on a variety of political and social issues. Sometimes they reflect traditional Maori poetry."
 

 

 

 
Moana Maniapoto
Born 1961
Maori
(Ngati Tuwharetoa /
Ngati Pikiao /
Tuhourangi)
 
 
Born in Invergargill, New Zealand, Moana Maniapoto is the lead singer and songwriter for the music group Moana and the Moahunters. Her music and performances by the group, have won critical acclaim throughout New Zealand, the Pacific, Asia, Europe and USA.
"My songs are about our people. I write about what touches me as a Maori woman and mother and about what is affecting us as Maori. Sometimes I write about our connection to Papatuanuku ( Mother Earth). Other times, it may be about an injustice, or the renaissance of Maori language and traditions. My stories touch on a variety of social and political issues. Sometimes they reflect Maori poetry. But the lyrics always have regard to mana wahine (respect for women ), mana whenua (respect for the land) and mana tangata(respect for humanity), those messages are universal. Others write love songs for an individual - mine are lovesongs for society!"

1) Moana & The Moahunters 1990 - 2000
Music Video installation
200 x 300 cm
 
Tahi (Unity) Gold disc
47 x 35.2cm
 
Tahi 1993
Signed Album poster
100 x 100 cm
© 1993 Southside/ Festival Records
 
Rua 1998
Album poster
90 x 115 cm
© 1998 Tangata / BMG Music NZ
 
 
 

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