Waiata Māori Music Awards Announce Iconic Winners

Kapa haka expert and educational manager Dr Te Rita Papesch and Hip Hop legend Hone Ngata are this year’s recipients of the Waiata Māori Iconic Award, which recognizes lifetime dedication and contribution to the upliftment of Māori music. This year’s theme is “Whakamātūtūngia e Raukatauri – Being healed by music”.

The recipient of the Iconic Keeper of traditions award, Te Tohu Kaitiaki Tikanga Pūoru is Dr Te Rita Papesch, of Waikato-Maniapoto, Ngāti Whakaue and Czech origin. Dr Papesch was encouraged at a young age to pursue a career in music, which began with the study of classical piano and voice and led to a love for the Maori performing arts, under the guidance of Canon Wi, Te Tau Huata, Dr. Hirini Melbourne, Dr. Timoti Kāretu and many more. A two-time recipient of the “Kaitātaki Wahine” award, Dr. Papesch retired from performing in 1994 to take on new roles as a judge and commentator.

An educator and ardent promoter of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga, Dr. Papesch teaches for the Master’s degree in Applied Indigenous Knowledge at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. She also sits as matriarch, sometimes composer and guardian of the Kapa Haka group of her children and grandchildren, Te Hāona Kaha.

The recipient of the iconic contribution to the music industry award, Te Tohu o te Ahumahi Puoru, is Hone Ngata aka ‘DJ Poroufessor’ of Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Ranginui descent. A cornerstone of Aotearoa’s hip-hop scene, Hone was an accomplished DJ, graffiti artist and collector. A lifelong dedication to Hip Hop has taken him all over the world with his turntables. He was able to draw on these experiences to inspire young people, leaving positivity in his wake.

With his art grounded in Te Ao Māori, Hone brought his creative skills back to his hapū and was among those selected to restore Ngāti Porou wharenui, Ruatepupuke, housed in the Chicago Museum.

So many people of Aotearoa were touched by his untimely death in 2019. Such was his impact that his tangi saw the biggest gathering of the Aotearoa Hip Hop community.

The Iconic Rewards will be presented as part of
15th Annual Waiata Maori Music Awards held at the newly refurbished Toitoi Arts Center in Hastings. The awards program begins this Thursday, September 8 with mentorship sessions by music industry professionals and Waiata Māori Music Awards ambassadors.

On
Thursday evening, the program will feature spring collections and accessories from internationally renowned and local designers.
Friday starts with a breakfast for
Iconic award recipients and their whānau and concludes with an awards ceremony celebrating the best of the Māori music industry.

For tickets and information, haere ki – https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/tour/2022/15th-national-waiata-maori-music-awards

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