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Emerging young Māori artists launch debut album

Published: 21 April 2017

Emerging Māori artists from the Pao Pao Pao music mentoring programme will launch their debut album to a captive audience at the World Masters Games entertainment hub at The Cloud on Sunday 23 April.

Started in 2002 by the late Dr. Hirini Melbourne through Toi Māori Aotearoa, this is the first time emerging artists from the Pao Pao Pao music mentoring programme have recorded and released an album.

Manukau Councillor and Deputy Chair of the Environment and Community Committee, Alf Filipaina says: 

“The Pao Pao Pao album was developed as part of Auckland Council’s Maramataka Toi Māori programme which focuses on assisting and developing initiatives that enhance the protection of Te Reo Māori and value Te Ao Māori.  At the heart of this project, is a respect for Dr. Hirini Melbourne’s vision of a kaupapa driven platform that creates a mentorship between emerging and established experienced Māori musicians.”

‘Pao Pao Pao Volume One’ is a showcase of Māori musicianship that aims to assist in creating pathways into the music industry for talented young Māori artists.

It features original songs by young Māori artists involved in Pao Pao Pao, who are singer/songwriters in their own right and are ready to establish their own music careers.

Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi is one of the talented artists on the album.  Performing under the name Teeks, he is releasing his first EP in May, having secured funding from NZ on Air in March 2017 for his debut single “If Only”. 

The ‘Pao Pao Pao Volume One’ album launch event is part of a series of live events at Auckland Council local art centres that support the landmark exhibition, Volume:  Making Music in Aotearoa at the Auckland Museum until 21 May 2017.



Event details:

Pao Pao Pao album showcase:  Performing their original waiata, artists from the Pao Pao Pao Māori music mentoring programme will share their new compilation album.

Date:  3pm, Sunday 23 April 2017

Venue:  The Cloud

About Pao Pao Pao music mentoring programme:

Pao Pao Pao! Maori Music showcase and mentoring programme founded by the late Dr Hirini Melbourne in 2002. Since then it has been a significant annual event, with a strong history of showcasing Māori musicians and connecting communities. In 2014, Pao Pao Pao! was held in Auckland with particular emphasis on music mentoring.  A kaupapa driven platform that links emerging and established Māori musicians.

This initiative nurtures and develops musicianship and capability in young Māori pursuing music by using the Teina-Tuakana (junior-senior) structure, as envisioned by the late Dr. Hirini Melbourne.

Each year Three-weekend wānanga are held in Auckland during the months of June and July. In addition to receiving high level mentoring from acclaimed musicians such as, Horomona Horo, Rob Ruha, Maisey Rika, Seth Haapu, Warren Maxwell, Laughton and Fran Kora, Anika Moa, Anna Coddington and more.

Our mission is to create pathways for Māori musicians and to highlight excellence in Māori musicianship with our three key stages.

PAO 1:                  Te Kune - the conception

PAO 2:                  Te Whiwhia - the expansion or development

PAO 3:                  Te Rawea - the execution or success

These three stages form the basis of Pao Pao Pao! events with the aim to develop Māori musicians through mentorship and support.