25 July 2020

Media Release 

Arohatia te Reo Waiata

Six bands are launching te reo Māori albums in Māori Language Week. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori are pleased to support these artists who have a collective history of more than 70 years singing and performing in te reo Māori.

This Friday, 27 July at Te Wharewaka in Wellington, IWI, Kirsten Te Rito and Pao will formally release their albums; Wai will preview their album due to be released shortly and Ngahiwi Apanui and Toni Huata will perform from their brand new albums.

“It is such an opportunity to have six bands releasing te reo Māori albums during Māori Language Week. Bands who also have a long history of commitment to singing in te reo Māori both in New Zealand and on international stages,” says Glenis Philip-Barbara, Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.

“IWI has not wavered in our determination to make a difference and understands the potency of music and entertainment towards achieving the goal to make people proud of their heritage, no matter what their ethnicity maybe,” says Kimo Winiata of IWI.

“This is a great chance to celebrate, share and enjoy our indigenous language and acknowledge these particular artists in the music industry who continue to contribute to the ongoing revival of te reo Māori. Arohatia te Reo, Arohatia te Reo Waiata. Cherish the language, cherish the language of music,” says Glenis Philip-Barbara.

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Nicky Birch
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Māori Language Week is made possible with the support of:

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – Māori Language Commission
Te Puni Kōkiri – Ministry of Māori Development
Te Kāhui Tika Tangata – Human Rights Commission