9 Sep 2011

Two winners for best female solo Maori artist

7:56 pm on 9 September 2011

For the first time since the Waiata Maori Music Awards started four years ago the title of best female solo Maori artist has been won by two people.

The win in Hastings last night went to both Maori singer Mina Ripia and alternative pop musician and songwriter, Anna Coddington.

Ripia says even though they have very different music styles, she is humbled that her work has been recognised.

"It boosts my confidence that our creation, our musical expression, has been acknowledged to the level of Anna Coddington."

Meanwhile, Tiki Taane scooped three prizes: best Maori songwriter, best Maori song and best Maori male solo artist.

His sister and manager, Ninakaye Taanetinorau, says her brother is "stoked" and particularly pleased that he won best song for Starship lullaby.