15 Sep 2017

Maisey Rika and Troy Kingi win big at the Waiata Māori Music Awards

From RNZ Music

The 10th annual Waiata Māori Music Awards were celebrated in Heretaunga on Friday night - get to know the winners. 

Maisey Rika

Maisey Rika Photo: Supplied.

Whakatāne based singer/songwriter Maisey Rika scooped four prizes at the 10th Annual Waiata Māori Music Awards which were held in Heretaunga/Hastings on Friday.

Her wins included Best Traditional Māori Album (Te Reo Māori), Best Māori Female Solo Artist, Best Song by a Māori Artist Award and the Best Māori Songwriter Award.

Kerikeri musician and actor Troy Kingi won awards for Best Māori Pop Artist and the Best Māori Male Solo Artist Award.

Other winners on the night included Wellington hip hop artist Rei (aka Callum Rei McDougall) who was named Best Māori Urban Artist, Israel Starr who won the Best Roots, Reggae Award and Stan Walker whose video for 'New Takeover', which was directed produced and shot by Shae Sterling, won Best Video of the year by a Māori Artist.

Amba Holly, a previous Waiata Māori Music Award Winner took out the Radio Airplay Song of the Year by a Māori Artist in Te Reo Māori Award with her track 'Mau Tonu' while Six60’s Mother’s Eyes was named Radio Airplay Song of the Year by a Māori Artist.

Award-winner and Waiata Māori Music Ambassador Maisey Rika said: “I believe the Waiata Māori Awards is a great kaupapa for our cultural identity, as Māori singing in Māori from a Māori perspective makes us unique to the rest of the world, it is our very own special point of difference naturally engrained into our DNA and strongly influenced by our taiao, taha hinengaro, wairua, tinana. The Awards are an awesome platform for all or any of our artists that love and respect our reo Māori and our culture.  I will always be here for kaupapa such as the Waiata Māori Awards. I feel at home here, not necessarily because of the Awards but because of the wairua in the room. He tau ngā tangata, he ngakau māhaki e poipoi ana tātau i a tātau.”

 

The 2017 Waiata Māori Music Awards winners are:

Best Māori Traditional Album (Te Reo Maori Awards | Tohu – Kōpae Mōteatea Hira

Tira, Maisey Rika

Best Māori Pop Artist or Artists Award | Tohu – Kaipūoru Māori Autaia

Guitar Party at Uncle’s Bach, Troy Kingi

 

Best Māori Urban Artist or Artists Award | Tohu – Kaipūoru Māori-noho-taone Autaia

A Place to Stand, Rei

 

Best Māori Male Solo Artist Award | Tohu – Manu Tīoriori Tāne Autaia

Troy Kingi

 

Best Māori Female Solo Artist Award | Tohu – Manu Tīoriori Wahine Autaia

Maisey Rika

 

Best Song by a Māori Artist Award | Tohu - Waiata Māori Hira

Taku Mana, Maisey Rika

 

Best Māori Songwriter Award | Tohu – Kaitito Waiata-Māori Autaia

Maisey Rika

 

Best Roots, Reggae Award | Tohu – Kopaeroa Autaia Roots, Reggae

Dance Hall Vol 1, Israel Starr           

 

Radio Airplay Song of the Year by a Māori Artist in Te Reo Māori Award | Tohu – Kōpae-Irirangi Kaipūoru Reo Māori o te Tau

Mau Tonu, Amba Holly

 

Radio Airplay Song of the Year by a Māori Artist | Tohu – Kōpae- Irirangi Kaipūoru Māori o te Tau

Mother’s Eyes, Six 60

 

Best Video of the Year by a Māori Artist | Tohu – Ataata Māori Hira o te Tau

New Take Over, Stan Walker

 

Iconic - Keeper of Traditions Award | Tohu – Kaitiaki Tikanga Pūoru

Kiritokia Ete Tomairangi Paki
 

Iconic - Music Industry Award | Tohu – Ahumahi Pūoru

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    Canon Wi Te Tau Huata

     

    Emerging Artist (Under 25) | Tohu – Kaipūoro Hau - Rangatahi

    Kaaterama Pou

     

    Emerging Artist (over 25) | Tohu – Kaipūoro Hau  - Pakeke

    Common Unity

     

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