Contemporary Music Artists
Putatangi was born after a national Maori Composers' Hui in 1987. Puatatangi is the art-form team that represents contemporary Maori music artists within the Toi Maori Aotearoa organisation.
Puatatangi aims to do the following:
- To bring together Maori music artists from all the world of Maori music
- To showcase and promote contemporary Maori music within Aotearoa and internationally
- To advocate for contemporary Maori music artists
- To plan and work with other partners to develop contemporary Maori music artists and contemporary Maori music
- To encourage the discussion and expression of contemporary Maori music.
Current committee members:
- Ngahiwi Apanui, Pouwhakahaere (Te Whanganui a-Tara)
- Mere Taylor-Tuiloma (Okaihau)
- Hone Ngata Jnr (Manukau)
- Toni Huata (Te Whanganui a-Tara)
- Ngatapa Black (Tamaki Makaurau)
- Tama Waipara (Tamaki Makaurau)
Te Ara Puoro - The Worlds of Maori Music
By 1992, Puatatangi's role broadened to address wider issues. Pouwhakahaere, Hirini Melbourne developed 'Te Ara Puoro- The Spectrum of Maori Musical Creativity' , a whakapapa which links all Maori composers and performers together.
In 2007, Te Ara Puoro became "The World of Maori Music" and in 2011, Te Ara Puoro has become "The Worlds of Maori Music" acknowledging that Maori musical creativity takes place in four distinctive areas.
Participation - mainstream pop and rock music
Kaupapa/experience - music that comes out of the political struggle for Maori rights, te reo Maori, etc
Te reo Maori - music in te reo Maori
Puoro Hou - music that is based on traditional Maori rhythms, lyrical expressions, uses traditional instruments, etc
These worlds are highly connected and Maori artists regularly cross over. This is reflected in their shows and on their albums.
Pao! Pao! Pao!
The inaugural Pao Pao Pao concert was held in 2002 in Hamilton. In 2005, Pao Pao Pao moved to Wellington and has built strong following from both Maori artists and the local Maori community attracting an audience of up to 1000 people every year.
The aim of the concert is to showcase Maori music by providing high quality two hour show.
The selection process of Pao Pao Pao is based on the following criteria:
- Attempting to get an equitable balance between the four worlds of Maori Music
The local and international profile of the artist in the past year
Awards, concerts, music releases, TV appearances, and tours by the artist in the past year.
The proven ability of an artist to perform live
Available finances to run the event
In the past two year, available finances have limited our ability to bring in more than one or two artists from outside of Wellington. We are currently working on building relationships in other centres to allow the staging of the show in those centres.
Nga Kaupapa o Mua - Past Projects
The Rourou E Rua programme was one of the first projects, providing direct support to artists to record music. Nga Manu Whakataetae' from 1997-2000 was aimed at encouraging new writers and performers in Te Reo.
Two symposia have been held to date: Hui Moteatea in 1999 was held at The University of Waikato in Hamilton adn is documented in the publication Te Ara Puoro Volume 2.
Te Haka a Tanerore - National Conference on Haka was held in 2001 at Victoria University in Wellington.
- Awhi Mai compilation of music by new composers, produced in 1993
- Four track CDs in 1998 and 2000 of the best of Nga Manu Whakataetae New Compositions
- Songs of Inspiration by the National Maori Choir, released in 2000
- Pao! Pao! Pao! Live! CD 2004
Maori in Opera
A National Hui for Maori in Opera at Te Wananga O Raukawa in Otaki in September 2000 investigated pathways to careers for Maori working in this area. Of interest was the long history of Maori in opera, commencing with Princess Te Rangipapa in the 19th Century. The family of Inia Te Wiata of Otaki provided an interesting insight into his childhood and the pathway to his extraordinary international career.
If you have any ideas or would like to contact the Puatatangi Committee, ring 04 801 7914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org