Anika Moa Profile

Amanda Mills
Published: 9 Jun 2015
Updated: 12 Nov 2020

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
The debut album, Thinking Room, issued by Atlantic in 2001
Anika Moa in an early 2000s Atlantic publicity shot.
The cover of the Anika, Boh & Hollie album Peace Of Mind (2013)
An early 2000s publicity shot
Anika Moa playing the 2013 Winery Tour, Villa Maria Estate, Auckland.
Running Through The Fire (Storm) - at the VNZMA's 2010
Anika Moa - Songs for Bubbas 2 (2016)
Anika Moa interviews Ed Sheeran for 1 News
Anika Moa - Buttercup
Anika Moa as part of the T-Shirts To Help Breast Cancer campaign in 2008.
Anika Moa and Benny Tipene, 2014.
Anika Moa in the control room, demoing songs for In Swings The Tide, Western Springs, Auckland, 2006.
Photo credit: Andre Upston
A late 2000s Anika Moa publicity shot.
Anika Moa at the 2010 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards with the award for Best Female Solo Artist.
Anika Boh Hollie, the collaboration between Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith. They released an album, Peace of Mind, and toured in 2013.
Anika Moa at the 2008 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Anika Moa and P-Money photographed for the cover of Rip It Up.
Anika Moa - Standing In This Fire
Julia Deans and Anika Moa performing Anika's Running Through The Fire at the 2010 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Anika Moa - In the Morning
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.
The publicity shot for Māori TV's 2012 Songs From The Inside, with Ruia Aperahama, Maisey Rika, Anika Moa and Warren Maxwell.
Anika Moa and Dan Sperber, 2002
Anika Moa in a Warner Music publicity shot.
The making of the album Anika Moa
Anika Moa & Benny Tipene - Walking On The Moon
Paul McLaney and Anika Moa - Don't
Anika Moa's Songs For Bubbas won the Best Children's Album award at the 2014 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Songs From the Inside (2012-2015), a television series with Warren Maxwell, Anika Moa, Maisey Rika, Ruia Aperahama and other musicians, following them as they taught songwriting to prison inmates.
Anika Moa singing in the kitchen of her Western Springs home while the band tracks in another room for In Swings The Tide, 2006.
Photo credit: Andre Upston
Anika Moa's 2015 album Queen At The Table, designed by Barny Bewick at Iridium Design.
Anika Moa, circa 2001.
Anika Moa.
Anika Moa singing with Shayne Carter's Dimmer, c. 2004.
Photo credit: Simon Grigg collection
Anika Moa - Anika Moa (2018)
A Warner Music publicity shot taken for Real Groove magazine in 2001
The May 2015 Auckland show at The Powerstation supporting Anika's Queen At The Table album.
Anika Moa with manager Rodney Hewson with the award for Best Children's Album at the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards.
A late 2000s Anika Moa publicity shot.
Anika Moa - Youthful
Anika Moa - 1993
Homegrown profiles: Anika Moa (2005)
Anika Moa in a shoot for the cover of her 2001 Atlantic album Thinking Room.
Photo credit: Photo by Craig Owen
Mareea Paterson, Madeleine Sami, Anika Moa at opening night for the Feedback stage show by Toa Fraser and Tim Finn at Centrestage Theatre, Palmerston North, 2002.
Photo credit: Mareea Paterson Collection
Anika Moa and Mareea Paterson.
Photo credit: Mareea Paterson Collection
Julia Deans performing with Anika Moa at the 2010 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Anika Moa - Songs for Bubbas 3 (2019)
Anika Moa.
The 2010 Love In Motion album, released via EMI
Anika Moa pays tribute to past Silver Scroll winners at the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Awards
Anika Moa, setlist from Live at Helen's broadcast, 2000.
Photo credit: Andre Upston Collection
Anika Moa - Running
Anika Moa.
Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Hollie Smith on ZB TV
Anika Moa - Falling In Love Again (2002)
In the media room, 2009 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards
Trivia:

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

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Warner Music


EMI


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