Moana Maniapoto Profile

Chris Bourke
28 Sep 2016

With her very first single in 1982, Moana Maniapoto laid down a manifesto. ‘Kaore He Wahine’ was in te reo, about the legend of Hinemoa and Tutanekai; the title translates as ‘No Woman Can Compare’. Credited to Aromoana, it was a duet with Aroaro Hond, a rising star in TVNZ’s Māori Unit. Surprisingly, the single was released on a mainstream label, Polydor.

Unsurprisingly, it received little radio play, and Maniapoto continued with her day – and night – jobs. By day she was a law student, graduating in 1984 but not joining the profession, as by then she was disillusioned with the justice system. At night, she moonlighted in the competitive nightclub scene of South Auckland, singing cover versions of artists such as Chaka Khan and Madonna.

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Moana Maniapoto
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Moana Maniapoto on the cover of APRA magazine Aprap, July 2004
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Moana's 1987 single 'Kua Makona', released via Dalvanius Prime's Maui label
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Moana Maniapoto, 2004
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Moana And The Moahunters: Minia Ripia, Teremoana Rapley and Moana Maniapoto, 1993
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Moana and the Moahunters - Black Pearl (1990)
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Kim Willoughby and Moana Maniapoto, APRA Silver Scroll awards, Auckland Town Hall, 2000
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Moana and the Moahunters - Tahi
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Moana and the Moahunters: Moana Maniapoto, Teremoana Rapley, Minia Ripia, 1993
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Moana with Cyril and Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers, outside Tipitina's, New Orleans, April 1992. Credit: Chris Bourke
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Moana Maniapoto and Dave Dobbyn at the NZ Music Awards, 1995
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Moana Maniapoto and Andrew Fagan: the pair recorded his song 'I'll Be the One' on the Moahunters' Tahi album, 1993.
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Moana and the Moahunters - AEIOU
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Moana Maniapoto's 2016 induction speech at the APRA Silver Scrolls
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Moana Maniapoto at the 1999 NZ Music Awards with the Tui for Best Mana Māori album for Moana and The Moahunters' album Rua
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Moana Maniapoto on the cover of Planet magazine, 1993
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Moana Maniapoto at the 1999 NZ Music Awards with the Tui for Best Mana Māori album for Moana and The Moahunters' album Rua
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Moana Maniapoto with Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers, backstage at the 1992 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
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Making Music - Moana Maniapoto
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Moana And The Moahunters' 1998 album Rua
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