Ria Hall Profile

Hussein Moses
22 Jan 2019

Born and raised in Maungatapu, Tauranga, bilingual singer Ria Hall used her hometown’s history as inspiration for her powerful debut album, Rules of Engagement. The title came from a letter that Henare Taratoa (Ngāi Te Rangi) sent in 1864 to the first Governor of New Zealand, Sir George Grey, outlining a code of conduct for The Battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina) – a key battle of the New Zealand Wars. Both political and personal, the 2017 album established Hall as one of the most thoughtful voices in New Zealand music.

As a student at Tauranga Girls’  College, Hall listened to Che Fu’s groundbreaking album 2b S.Pacific over and over again while studying for exams. “2b S.Pacific changed the entire hip-hop, soul and R&B scene in New Zealand,” she remembers. “It was such a necessary record at the time. I just found it really inspiring that he was Māori/Niuean and representing unashamedly what was possible in the New Zealand music scene for someone of a Polynesian persuasion.”

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Ria Hall - Love Will Lead Us Home
Ria Hall - They Come Marching
Ria Hall and the Modern Māori Quartet perform Ten Guitars at the 2016 Matariki Awards
Ria Hall.
Photo credit: Jess Dewsnap
Ria Hall.
Photo credit: Jess Dewsnap
Ria Hall - Te Ahi Kai Pō
Ria Hall.
Photo credit: Jess Dewsnap
Stan Walker feat. Ria Hall - Like It's Over (2013)
Ria Hall, APRA Silver Scroll Awards, 2018.
Photo credit: Michael Flynn photography
Ria Hall - Black Light Ft Mara TK
Ria Hall, APRA Silver Scroll Awards, 2018.
Photo credit: Michael Flynn photography
Ria Hall.
Photo credit: Jess Dewsnap
Ria Hall - Best of Me (2012)
Ria Hall - Tell Me Feat. Che Fu
Stan Walker, Ria Hall, Troy Kingi, Maisey Rika - Aotearoa (2014)
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Loop Recordings