Waiata Anthems: 30 artists join forces to celebrate a bilingual music industry

Publish Date
Monday, 6 September 2021, 12:32PM

To celebrate New Zealand's bilingual music industry 30 artists have joined forces with Waiata Anthems to release a number of new singles in Te reo Māori.

Following the success of the original 2019 waiata compilation album, today's new singles are from artists including Stan Walker, Kings, Drax Project, and Niko Walters.

These songs join the already released Pepeha by SIX60 and Ko Te Hīnātoretanga by Hollie Smith and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

ZM is proud to celebrate Waiata Anthems Week and play these beautiful new waiata.

Waiata Anthems creator Dame Hinewehi Mohi said the collective music industry of Aotearoa coming together to celebrate and support a truly bilingual landscape is heartening.

"We're supporting the movement with musicians from across the country to encourage all New Zealanders to celebrate our nation's heritage language and to make it accessible through the power of music," she said.

"Creating this collection of waiata has been a journey for many of the artists involved, giving them a chance to connect with Te Ao Māori and their place in Aotearoa like never before."


Waiata Anthems Week (September 6-12) is a week fully dedicated to waiata reo Māori, where more than a dozen New Zealand artists have re-recorded their tracks in te reo Māori.


The full list of releases is below:

SIX60 - Pepeha

Stan Walker - Tau Te Mārire / Take It Easy

Hamo Dell - Ora Ai / Feeling Right

Paige - Taiāniwha / Waves

Niko Walters - Aroha Kaitangata / Vicious Love

Mikey Dam - Māu / Would You

Anna Coddington ft. Louis Baker - Aho / Beams

Muroki - Rehurehu / Wavy

Reuben Fleetwood - Haere Rā / So Do You

Sons of Zion - He Aroha Hinemoa / Love on the Run

Hollie Smith feat. NZSO - Ko Te Hīnātoretanga / Coming in from the Dark

Troy Kingi - Te Wai Nō Rua Whetū / Aztechknowledgey

Ria Hall - Rangatira / Owner

Tomorrow People - Rise Up

Valkyrie - A Hakamana

Rei - Hoki Mai / Come Back To Me

Huia Hamon - Marama La Luna / Moon Moon

Ka Hao ft. Rob Ruha - 35

Louis Baker - Te Utu o Te Aroha

Georgia Lines - Tōrere / My Love

Tama Waipara ft. Maisey Rika - Tiaho Iho Rā / East Coast Moon

William Waiirua - Mauri Mahi, Mauri Ora / Do The Mahi, Get The Treats

Diaz Grimm - Te Kore

Allana Goldsmith - Tīpuna

Ainslie Allen - Te Ua Ka Mao

IA - Whetū

Kings - Pohewatia


iHeartRadio have launched a dedicated station to celebrate Waiata Anthems Week - Listen here or the iHeartRadio App.

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