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Waiata Māori Music Awards

(Left) Te Māngai Pāho deputy board chair Brian Morris presented the Best Māori Male Solo Artist award to Rob Ruha, (Middle) Te Māngai Pāho board member Hinewehi Mohi presents the Best Māori Female Solo Artist award, (Right) Tomorrow People receive the award for Best Roots, Reggae.

Congratulations to all the winners at the 2018 Waiata Māori Music Awards!

Internationally acclaimed haka soul musician Rob Ruha won four awards at this year’s Waiata Māori Music Awards including Best Male Artist sponsored by Te Māngai Pāho, Best Māori Traditional Album for Survivance, Best Urban Artist and Best Song for Kalega.

Trailblazing singer-songwriter Ria Hall was named Best Female Artist sponsored by Te Māngai Pāho; Troy Kingi took out Best Pop Album for Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way To Zygertron; teenage thrash metallers Alien Weaponry won Best Music Video for Kai Tangata; singer/songwriter Seth Haapu won Best Songwriter for his track New Wave; and Tomorrow People were awarded Best Roots, Reggae for their album BBQ Reggae, which went number one earlier this year, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top of the Kiwi album charts. Their single Whāngai Aroha (Don't Wanna Fight It) continues to sit at #1 on the Te Reo Māori song charts for the 34th week in a row.

The awards celebrate excellence in Māori music and acknowledge and honour Māori artists who continue to promote te reo and te ao Māori through the power of music.

This year's ceremony was held at Clubs Hastings on the evening of Friday September 14, hosted by Te Hamua Nikora and Miss Kihi.

The awards ceremony featured exclusive performances from a stellar line-up of local Māori artists including: Maisey Rika, Hinewehi Mohi, Rob Ruha & The Witch Dr, House of Shem, Tomorrow People, L.A.B, Huia Hamon, Morse Gang, and Kaaterama.

You can watch the ceremony and all the performances again here.

Full list of 2018 Waiata Māori Music Awards winners:

Best Māori Traditional Album | Kōpae Mōteatea Hira 
Rob Ruha – Survivance

Best Māori Pop Album | Kaipūoru Māori Autaia
Troy Kingi - Shake That Skinny Ass All the Way to Zygertron

Radio Airplay Song of the Year by a Māori Artist in Te Reo Māori Award | Kōpae-Irirangi Kaipūoru Reo Māori o te Tau
Maimoa – Wairua

Radio Airplay Song of the Year by a Māori Artist | Kōpae-Irirangi Kaipūoru Māori o te Tau
Six60 – Don't Give It Up

Best Music Video by a Māori Artist | Ataata Māori Hira o te Tau
Alien Weaponry – Kai Tangata

Best Māori Urban Artist or Artists | Kaipūoru Māori-Noho-Taone Autaia
Rob Ruha

Best Roots, Reggae | Kōpaeroa Autaia Roots, Reggae
Tomorrow People – BBQ Reggae

Best Māori Songwriter | Kaitito Waiata- Māori Autaia
Seth Haapu – New Wave

Best Māori Male Solo Artist | Manu Tīoriori Tāne Autaia sponsored by Te Māngai Pāho
Rob Ruha

Best Māori Female Solo Artist | Manu Tīoriori Wahine Autaia sponsored by Te Māngai Pāho
Ria Hall

Best Song by a Māori Artist | Waiata Māori Hira
Rob Ruha – Kalega

Keeper of Tradition | Kaitiaki Tikanga Pūoru
Derek Lardelli
Dame Georgina Kingi

Lifetime Contribution to Māori Music | Mauriora o Te Ao Pūoru Māori
Monty Cowan

Music Industry Award | Ahumahi Pūoru 
Carl Perkins

Music Composers Award (Historical) | Te Puna o te ki o nehe
Ngatai Huata

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