Announcing the Waiata Māori Iconic Award recipients 2021 and that WMMA will be going online!
Organisers of the National Waiata Māori Music Awards have had to make the tough decision yet again to move the 2021 event online, with safety of the people being a the priority.
It comes after the Government announced Auckland will stay at alert level 4 for now while the rest of the country, south of Tāmaki will soon go to level 2. The awards event was due to be held on Friday 10th September in Hawke’s Bay. Traditionally, a large number of guests and finalists would come from all over Aotearoa, as well as some from overseas to celebrate our award recipients.
This year we announce two of our iconic award recipients, former politician, educator and kapa haka exponent Tā Pita Sharples is this year’s recipient of the Waiata Māori Awards “Te Tohu Kaitiaki Tikanga Pūoru - Keeper of Tradition” iconic award.
The award recognises Tā Pita’s lifelong contribution to the retention and promotion of traditional waiata, through not only education but also in his role establishing and leading Tāmaki based kapa haka Te Roopū Manutaki which he set up in 1968.
Waiata Māori Awards executive director Ellison Huata says Tā Pita has shown tremendous leadership throughout the years and for over half a century has provided young urban Māori a haven to celebrate cultural identity.
“To honour Tā Pita this year at the Waiata Māori Awards is a celebration of his dedication and love of all things Māori. Te Roopū Manutaki has given Aotearoa a wealth of iconic waiata Māori and his nomination was well supported.”
Tā Pita of Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngai Te Kikiri o te Rangi and Ngāti Pahauwera was brought up in Waipawa and educated at Takapau Primary, Waipukurau District High School and Te Aute College. He led the establishment of intertribal marae Hoani Waititi in West Auckland and founded the country’s first kura kaupapa Māori in 1985.
Among his list of achievements includes the creation of the New Zealand National School of Māori Weaponry, the Race Relations Office Chief Executive Officer from 1972, 1980 and 2000, He Tohunga Toi Huarewa o Te Wānanga Whare Tapere o Takitimu, Māori Party co-leader from 2004 to 2013 and is a member of the Ngāti Kahungunu iwi Taumata.
Joining Tā Pita this year in receiving an iconic award is singer Che Fu who is the recipient of this year’s Te Tohu o te Ahumahi Pūoru - Music Industry Award which celebrates success and contribution to music.
Che Fu, a founding member of the band Supergroove, rose to fame when he featured on DLT’s production of number one hit 'Chains'. As a solo artist, he has sold thousands of albums both in New Zealand and internationally. His first three studio albums received platinum and gold sales and produced hits that have become entrenched into New Zealand song history.
Che Fu is of Tainui and Ngāti Raukawa descent on his mother Miriama Rauhihi Ness’ side and Niuean on his father Tigilau Ness’ side, Che Fu is relentless in his dedication to taking music to the country.
Ellison Huata says recognising Che and Tā Pita’s contribution to Māori music is a wonderful end to Māori Music Month. There will still be an awards event for 2021, to acknowledge all recipients but there will be an online version, to be held at the later date of October 9.
“We plan to run it as an online, virtual event but still have a presence at Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre, the venue where we planned to run the awards event this year.”
Ellison said it would be a mixture of pre-recorded material and live performances for the virtual event which will be streamed online.
“We know a lot of people will be disappointed, we wanted this year’s awards event to be a positive way to bring people through the challenges of 2020 & 2021. We still want people to tune in to watch this year’s awards event, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our Māori singers, songwriters and performers."
Waiata gives so much to the mind, body and soul and it’s just one reason that
we should celebrate our own!
National Waiata Maori Music Awards 2021
Sept 7th: Iconic Recipients announced
October 9: Winners announced at the National Waiata Māori Music Awards online event.
For media inquires:
National Waiata Māori Music Awards Executive director, Ellison Huata:
Publicist contact: email@example.com
Mobile: 027 4618653
26 August 2021
2021 Pacific Music Awards to be postponed
New date Friday 8 October, subject to Alert Levels
With the recent move into Alert Level Four, the Pacific Music Awards Trust has decided to postpone the 2021 Pacific Music Awards, which were scheduled for Wednesday 1 September.
Due to the restrictions on gatherings and events at Alert Level Four and Alert Level Three, the event will be postponed until Friday 8 October.
The format of the rescheduled event will be subject to Alert Levels at the time. Please check our website and social media for more details and updates.
The Pacific Music Awards Trust extends their thoughts to Aotearoa. We are thinking of the safety and wellbeing of our communities and share our support during this challenging time. We encourage everyone to stay safe, stay home, look after your loved ones, your families and be kind to each other. If you need support or information we encourage you to check the following websites:
Issued for the Pacific Music Awards by Pead
About the Pacific Music Awards:
In 2004 the Pacific Music Awards Committee (PMAC) was formed to realise a vision and the inaugural Pacific Music Awards debuted at Pasifika Festival in March 2005. Encouraged by the success of the awards, PMAC set about developing an annual event as a significant highlight of the NZ music industry calendar. PMAC later formed a Charitable Trust to organise and host the awards, and are driven by a simple core objective: to create and manage an event that acknowledges the success of Pacific artists, celebrates and promotes excellence in Pacific music and encourages young Pacific musicians to aspire to a higher level of achievement.
Contact: Adam Warin, Pead | 021 029 01388 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Community Leaders urge Government for a true community-led mobilisation approach
Monday 23 August 2021
The government-designed vaccination roll out has not mobilised our Pacific communities to respond.
Pacific have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country and shows the current vaccination strategies are not working for Pacific peoples. This is despite millions of dollars being allocated towards Covid-19 vaccination stations, communications, and PR companies to drive awareness and engagement.
Two Pacific Clinical Health Experts that are also members of the government’s COVID-19 response teams, have expressed their concerns about the effectiveness of the strategies. Dr Collin Tukuitonga, has expressed that the DHB’s mass vaccination event held in Manukau, earlier this month, was ineffective in reaching Māori and Pacific communities. Furthermore, Dr Api Talemaitoga said “the event lacked Māori and Pasifika input.”
Current vaccination rollout strategies are highly top-down in approach and lack authentic Pacific community dialogue or initiative. There have been some positive gains in information dissemination, however they have failed to mobilise Pacific communities to be vaccinated. To increase Pacific vaccination numbers requires a “by community for community approach” that is a bottom-up approach.
The Pacific Response to Covid-19 Team (PRCT), is a committee of the Pacific Leadership Forum (PLF) and represents up to 10 Pacific ethnic groups from across the country. The PRCT has been active since March 2020 to provide a community response to the Covid-19 outbreak. The PRCT was pivotal in mobilising Pacific communities to get COVID-19 tested at the Otara South Seas site in April 2020, when Pacific testing was low. In August 2020, the PRCT collaborated with Pacific providers to set up a pop-up community testing station at a Mangere church, when a government response was not forthcoming.
Pacific communities are at risk during the rising pandemic, and we must take community action. The government rhetoric and top-down approach imposed on our communities continues inequitable outcomes.
To increase vaccination uptake for Pacific communities, a truly community designed, partnered approach that is resourced is required to equip and empower our leaders to mobilise their communities across the nation. Pacific people stand with Māori when they fervently say “He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.”
Pakilau o Aotearoa Manase Lua, PRCT Chair and Tongan Community Leader, 027 215 7759, email@example.com
Our Pacific Music Awards Trust extends their thoughts everyone in Aotearoa and in particular our Pacific music community right now. We are once again in challenging times and our first thoughts are about the safety and well-being of our community.
For now, we are not sure of the implications for our Pacific Music Awards ceremony, which we have planned for Wednesday 1 September. We are waiting on more information and we will let you know about any change to the event as soon as we can.
If you need support or information these are the main websites to go to:
We also extend a big thank you to everyone who voted for our SunPix People’s Choice Award. It has been great to see the love and support shown for our 2021 finalists. We thought we would continue this support and share the gift of music. Here is the link to our 2021 Finalist Spotify playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0nyOHTcDhFYtkG5STwViYd... or go through to Spotify and find our playlist there.
Enjoy listening to the music of our amazing 2021 Pacific Music Awards finalists.
We encourage everyone to stay safe, stay home, look after your loved ones and families; and be kind.
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