Ariana Tikao


Ariana Tikao is a master in the craft of contemporary Māori music making. With a rich history of collaboration, her work is sometimes sweet, sometimes sharp, meditative and political. In listening to Tikao’s music, we can feel a sense of her groundedness in te ao Māori, and the cloak of mana wāhine that she wears on her shoulders.

Ariana’s story begins in Ōtautahi, the city where she spent her childhood. Her father grew up at Rāpaki on the Lyttelton Harbour, and her whānau also connected back to Ōnuku by the Akaroa harbour. Tikao grew up as the youngest of seven children.

Ariana Tikao in World of Wearable Art, 2008
Ariana Tikao - Whaea (2002)
Hirini Melbourne and Ariana Tikao – Amokura
Still from Te Taki o Te Ua
Ariana Tikao - Tuia (2008)
Keri Hulme tribute, 2022
Ariana Tikao and Jacquie, Pounamu, 1996
Photo credit: Korene Ford
Ariana Tikao's Arts Laureate award, presented in 2020.
Ariana Tikao DVD image
Ariana Tikao and Alistair Fraser at Surgery Studio, 2020
Photo credit: Sam Palmer
Ariana Tikao From Dust To Light CD cover, 2012.
Ariana Tikao, From Dust To Light – Te Papa gig poster (2012)
Ariana Tikao - Onepū performance
Still from Ko te Tatai Whetu with CSO, 2015. Video by SOUNZ.
Pounamu photo shoot for Mihi album, 1996.
Ariana Tikao with her mother and siblings, 1975.
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Ariana Tikao and Alistair Fraser at Icons Awards event
Ariana Tikao and Mere in Ngā Hihi o Matariki, 2021
Tararua (L-R): Phil Boniface, Ariana Tikao, Ruby Solly, Alistair Fraser
Ariana Tikao and band at Orange Studio, 2014
Fly You Home 
Ariana Tikao and Alistair Fraser at the Surgery studio, Wellington, 2020
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Ariana Tikao - Kōrakorako (2018)
Nau mai e kā hua CD cover
Ariana Tikao - Pupuhi Rau (live at Orange)
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Ariana Tikao, her partner Ross Calman and Matahana at their wedding, January 2002
Photo credit: Matt Calman
Ariana Tikao - Ka Huri Te Wa (from Whaea, 2002)
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Wahine Toa poster
Philip Brownlee and Ariana Tikao – Ko te tātai whetū (Concerto for Taonga Puoro) - with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, conductor Benjamin Northey
Ariana Tikao, James Webster, Alistair Fraser, Horomona Horo - 'Raupatu' (Silver Scroll, 2017)

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