Anika Moa Profile

Amanda Mills
9 Jun 2015

After bursting into the limelight in 2000 with a US album deal and an opaque song, ‘Youthful’, that hinted at experience beyond her years, Anika Moa captured hearts and minds with her crystal clear melodious voice, down-to-earth manner, whip-smart humour and knack for writing catchy, heartfelt pop songs.

Anika Moa has had an ambivalent relationship with stardom, turning her back on a US record deal to nurture a career as a singer-songwriter in Aotearoa, and producing music on her own terms. An intriguing career full of twists and turns that defined her artistic identity has followed.

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A mid 2000s Warner Music publicity shot
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Anika Moa's Songs For Bubbas won the Best Children's Album award at the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards
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Anika Moa
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Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith on ZB TV
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Anika Moa - Standing In This Fire
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The cover of the Anika, Boh & Hollie album Peace Of Mind (2013)
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Anika Moa as part of the T-Shirts To Help Breast Cancer campaign in 2008
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Anika Moa and P-Money photographed for the cover of the August/September Rip It Up
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Anika Moa in an early 2000s Atlantic publicity shot
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The publicity shot for Māori TV's 2012 Songs From The Inside, with Ruia Aperahama, Maisey Rika, Anika Moa and Warren Maxwell
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An early 2000s publicity shot
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Julia Deans and Anika Moa performing Anika's Running Through The Fire at the 2010 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards
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Anika Moa in a Warner Music publicity shot
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Anika Moa - Youthful
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Anika Moa at the 2008 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards
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A Warner Music publicity shot taken for Real Groove magazine in 2001
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Anika Moa at the 2010 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards with the award for Best Female Solo Artist
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Anika Moa - Falling In Love Again (2002)
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A late 2000s Anika Moa publicity shot
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A late 2000s Anika Moa publicity shot
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Anika Moa with manager Rodney Hewson with the award for Best Children's Album at the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards
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Anika Moa - In the Morning
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The 2010 Love In Motion album, released via EMI
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Anika Moa, circa 2001
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Anika Moa and Benny Tipene, 2014
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The May 2015 Auckland show at The Powerstation supporting Anika's Queen At The Table album
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Running Through The Fire (Storm) - at the VNZMA's 2010
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Anika Boh Hollie, the collaboration between Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith. They released an album, Peace of Mind, and toured in 2013.
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Paul McLaney and Anika Moa - Don't
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Anika Moa playing the 2013 Winery Tour, Villa Maria Estate, Auckland
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Anika Moa
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Anika Moa in a shoot for the cover of her 2001 Atlantic album Thinking Room
Photo credit: Photo by Craig Owen
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Julia Deans performing with Anika Moa at the 2010 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards
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Anika Moa's 2015 album Queen At The Table, designed by Barny Bewick at Iridium Design
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Anika Moa & Benny Tipene - Walking On The Moon
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Homegrown profiles: Anika Moa (2005)
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In Swings The Tide, Anika Moa's 2007 album. This cover is for the late 2008 reissue of the album with a second disc of live recordings from Takapuna's Pumphouse. The Barny Bewick designed cover features a photograph by Matt Klitscher.
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The debut album, Thinking Room, issued by Atlantic in 2001
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In the media room, 2009 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards
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Anika Moa
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Trivia:

Moa appeared in Season 2 of The Jaquie Brown Diaries, playing herself.

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Warner Music


EMI


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