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Hinemoana Baker

Hinemoana Baker

Musician and writer Hinemoana Baker has performed around Aotearoa / New Zealand since the mid-90's.

15 Mar 2006

Born in Christchurch, brought up in Whakatane and Nelson, her tribal connections range from the Otakou Peninsula to the Horowhenua and maunga Taranaki. Her non-Maori ancestors came from England, Bavaria and Holland. Hinemoana's debut album 'puawai' and her first book 'matuhi | needle' were released in 2004.

Hinemoana studied Maori as an adult and her writings reflect her passion for both English and Maori. In 2002 she completed a Masters in Creative Writing with Professor Bill Manhire at Victoria University of Wellington's International Institute of Modern Letters. The manuscript she wrote during the course formed the basis of her first collection of poetry. 'matuhi | needle' features full-colour illustrations and paintings by Ngai Tahu artist, Jenny Rendall. It has been co-published by Victoria University Press (Wellington, NZ) and Perceval Press (Santa Monica, USA) - the publishing house of actor/writer/artist Viggo Mortensen. Hinemoana's writings have also been published in anthologies, and in the online literary journal 'Turbine' in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Her popular poem 'A Walk With Your Father' was chosen for 'Best New Zealand Poems 2004', also published online.
Hinemoana has toured nationally several times. In May 2005 she performed her multi-media cabaret show with audio-visual collaborator, Andrew Dalziel at venues from Moerewa to Oamaru. In February 2006 she toured with five other New Zealand authors around venues in Northland as part of the New Zealand Book Council's 'Words on Wheels' tour of Northland. In March 2006 she performed with a cream of New Zealand musicians in the International Arts Festival, honouring the words of Hone Tuwhare.

Hinemoana self-released a 5-track CD, 'Haere Atu Ra', in 1999. Her first full-length album, 'puawai', was released on Jayrem Records in 2004. The album was a finalist for the 2004 New Zealand Music Awards, and the title track was shortlisted for the prestigious 2005 APRA Silver Scrolls Maioha Award for Maori language songwriting. As a producer, Hinemoana is well-known for her music shows and documentaries on National Radio and Concert FM. She was a finalist in the 2004 Media Peace Awards for the documentary she made with Matthew Leonard about the north Taranaki town of Waitara.

{This text updated 19 March 2006.)

Additional information
Hinemoana Baker toured with International Indigenous Authors Celebration Tour throughout the North Island of New Zealand in March 2005.

In April 2006, she will take part in Te Ha's annual to the East Coast.