Toni Huata - Maori Singer - MC - Wellington


Type: Solo Singer


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Toni is a Māori songtress, actor, performer, director and producer whose talent allows her to perform at various music and dance festivals both nationally and around the world including support to The Neville Brothers (USA).

From London jazz clubs to European arts festivals, Toni Huata's style and strength
as a performer allows her to stand confidently in the Māori and non-Māori worlds.

Toni has performed in London-UK, Basque, Spain, Holland, Germany, Canada, Hawaii,
Rarotonga, Manila-Philippines, Palau, America Samoa, Solomon Islands, Australia, China,
Hungary, Austria and Japan.

Her performances overseas have earned her praise:

" Toni brings forth sounds and feelings from the past, mixes it with today's international musical influences to present a sound for the future" -Tū Mai Magazine, NZ

"Aotearoa's very own Whitney Houston - Cook Island News "

" Maori Diva sings in London - NZ News, UK "

"Her stunning voice has been heard before but 'Te Māori e' is a visual and aural delight" - Real Groovy, NZ

"Constantly in demand, audiences are captivated as Toni adds to the allurement of our exotic shores making Maori language “sexy’ ”. – Tu Mai Magazine, NZ

Hailing from Hastings in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, Toni says she was surrounded by an eclectic array of influences including the Anglican Church, choir, tap dancing, musical theatre and Mäori cultural performance. She affiliates to Ngäti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata tribes, and is also of Lebanese, German, Scandinavian and Irish decent.

Toni's music reflects her deep spiritual roots however vocals range from jazz to soul ballads, opera to haka. Toni graduated in music at Whitireia Polytechnic, than toured throughout NZ for four years in Jim Moriarty's Te Rakau Hua o Te Wao Tapu theatre company. Adding more strings to her bow, Toni’s voice features in Peter Jackson’s King Kong and she performs in various theatre including her starring role as Hine-nui-te-Po in the NZ renowned aerial theatre production of ‘Maui – One Man against the Gods’, World of Wearable Arts, New Zealand festival etc.

Toni Huata, Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata, has been appointed to the newly established role of Kaihautū Puoro Māori - Director of Māori Music at SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music. She will start in the role in January 2019.

Ideal for: feature act for corporate function, private party, wedding, Maori cultural event, festival, concert

Toni Huata and associates compositions

O Takitumu
Mohaka
Nga Rori
Mana Motuhake
Tohu
Taihoa
Tipuranga
Warrior
E Whakaaha
Legacy
Dad
Tahiru mai
Whiria
Te Okanaga
Te Maori E
Toku Reo
Hauora
Whakaronga Ki Te Karere
Papatuanuku
Tu Tahi Taua
He Tohu
Whakahokia Ki Te Wairua
Ko Wai Ka Hua
Te manotau
Tu Mai Ra
Ko Ko Anake
Nga Mate O Te Tau
Oho Mai Koe
Te Manotau
Rangatira
Koa
Awa
Reflection
Soul True
Whiti
Mana
E Rere
Taku Tamaiti
Te Hokinga Mai
Aio
Breathe
Dream Everlasting
Arise
A Muri Ra
Hopukia te Tao
Home
Time
Toku Reo
Matariki
He Mihi Maioha
Himana
Whakarongo a Tai
Ao Huruhuri
Tokomauritanga
Hikoia Te Whetu
Mauri To
Hau Awhiowhio
Nei Te Hunga
Whakawhana Mai Ana
Nga Tukemata
Ao Hurihuri
Hinana
Mauri To
Hau Awhiowhio

Traditional Well Known Maori Songs

E Ihowa (National Anthem)
Pokarekare ana (Paraire Tomoana)
Tahi Nei Taru Kino (Pariare Tomoana)
Hine e Hine (Princess Te Rangi Pai)
E Ipo (Prince tui Teka)
Auahi rere nei (tune to Blue Smoke)
Uenuku (tune to Somewhere over the Rainbow)
Po Atarau( Tune to Now is the Hour)
Oea Maria (tune to Ave Maria)
Haere Mai (Welcome)
Tutira Mai Nga Iwi (Canon Wi te tau Huata)
Paikea (Tai Rawhiti region / Whalerider)
E te hoko whitu (Tuini Ngawai)
Arohaina Mai (Tuini Ngawai)
E Papa Waiari (Stick game / Herbs)
Te Hokinga Mai (Te Taite Kupa)
Purerehua (Hirini Melbourne)
Ko Rangi Nui (Hirini Melbourne)
Tihore Mai te Rangi (Hirini Melbourne)
E I A I E (Hirini Melbuorn)
Terina (Tommy Taurima)
Kotiro Maori (Tommy Taurima)
Hoki Mai / Tomo Mai (Lyrics, Henare Waitoa)
Te Aroha

Hymns

Whakaaria mai (How great thou art)
Aue Ihu (WW11 Solders song translated by H T Rikihana)

Xmas Carols

Marie te po (Silent night)
Hark the Herald (Maori & English)

Famous Maori loved songs in English

Oh Mum I love you (Prince Tui Teka)
Ten guitars (Gordon Mills)
Maori Battalion (Corporal Anaia Amohau)
Blue Smoke
Now is the Hour
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Haere Mai everything is ka pai (Sam Freedman)

Musical

Haere atu ra, ‘Maui – One Man Against the Gods’ (Garreth Farr & Mere Boynton)
Summertime (English & Maori, George Gershwin)
O Mio babbino caro (Giacomo Puccini & Giovacchino Forzano)

Jazz Standards

Only Have Eyes For You
Twilight
My Funny Valentine
Misty
Sincerely
Mona Lisa
At Last
......etc

NB: Many more standard songs by request

Hi Toni
Thank you very much to both you and Shane tonight. I hope you enjoyed your evening. I wished I had a chance to say good-bye and thank you for your performance and your amazing talents. I received so much positive feedback about your performances; and would like to take the chance to provide this back to you. You and Shane really made our event; and this was also the feedback we received from our guests.
Thank you again
Christina

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