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Nga Tae

Nga Tae

Richard Nunns (taonga pūoro)
Horomona Horo (taonga puoro, vocals)
Waimihi Hotere (vocals)
Paddy Free (keyboards, programming)

Formed in late 2010, Nga Tae have already achieved significant national and international success. All members of the group had performed in a range of combinations with each other over many years, but never before in this magical combination. With the support of Creative New Zealand, they made their debut at the Australasian World Music Expo, Melbourne, November 2010. This resulted in an immediate invitation to Bluesfest Australia in April 2011.

I’m always looking to work with the best. I’m also looking for people who play from their cultures. A band like NgaTae who I was really impressed by recently at the Melbourne World Music Expo, featuring that wonderful pakeha who plays all the amazing Maori wood instruments... They floored me.” (Peter Noble, Director of Bluesfest Australia)

2011 has also seen the group perform at WOMAD NZ and as the final act in the Ihimaera Show at the Auckland Festival, and The Maori Music Awards in September, but mostly it was a year of consolidation for the group, with much time spent creating and recording their self-titled debut CD.

"Nga Tae is one of the top ten performances I have ever seen in my life.” - Peter Noble, Rhythms Magazine, April 2011

Click here to hear excerpts and read about the album



Richard Nunns – taonga puoro

Richard Nunns is a living authority on ngä taonga puoro (Mäori traditional musical instruments) and is described as one of New Zealand's most remarkable musicians.  He is credited, with Hirini Melbourne and Brian Flintoff, for rediscovering many of these instruments.

Since he first began public taonga puoro performances, Richard has developed an international profile, both through the diversity of his recorded work and through performing with a wide variety of people and musical genre in differing settings and circumstances.  In 2011 he has toured and perfromed in the Faroes, Iceland, Italy, Turkey , the City of London Festival, Australia, Sri Lanka, and Patagonia, as well as several New Zealand festivals and other perfromances.

Richard is especially noted for finding ways of conversing musically with a variety of genres, styles and cultures. His improvisation work is truly cross cultural and has seen him performing with Performers from Iran, Australian Aboriginal, First Nation America, Korea, Bolivia, China, Turkey, Germany, Faroes, Italy, Poland, Finland, and Scotland. Indeed he has worked in every musical form, ranging from classical music to free improvisation. He has been instrumental in forging a path towards new New Zealand music; collaborating with composers: Gareth Farr, Gillian Whitehead, John Rimmer, Martin Lodge , Philip Brownlee and Scottish composer John Purser, along with  collaborations with Paddy free, Phil Dadson and Salmonella Dub.

With a number of recordings with Hirini Melbourne, Richard is now continually in demand for recording with a wide range of musicians with credit on well over 25 albums.   Albums include Te Whaiao: Te Ku Te Whe, remixed, which won the Tui award for the best Mäori album in the New Zealand Music Awards 2007; Spirit of the Land - best classical album New Zealand Music Awards 2006; He Ara Puoro - commended as a finalist in 2006 Media Peace Awards; Te Hekenga-a-rangi -finalist in the New Zealand Music Awards 2005 and in 2002 Te Ku Te Whe which gained gold status.

Since 2001, Richard has held the position of Research Associate at the University of Waikato.

He has been awarded an honorary life membership of the New Zealand Flute Association. In 2001 was honoured by the Composers Association of New Zealand with a Citation for Services to New Zealand Music and in 2007 received the Citation for outstanding services to New Zealand music from The Lilburn Trust. In December 2008, Victoria University recognised Richard's contribution to the recognition and role of Täonga Puoro in New Zealand music, with the awarding of an Honorary Doctorate of Music. In 2009 he received a Queen’s Service Medal (Q.S.M.) in the 2009 Queen’s birthday honours list; was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame with Hirini Melbourne and honoured with the award of an Arts Laureate of New Zealand.


Horomona Horo – taonga puoro, vocals

Mentored by tohunga (experts) of taonga puoro, Dr Hirini Melbourne and Dr Richard Nunns, Horomona combine’s his natural talent with his drive for excellence. Horomona has performed with musicians in many different genres, and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of taonga puoro (traditional Maori Instruments) and contemporary musical techniques.

He has extensive experience in overseas performance includes on his list of activities; playing beside the ‘Weimarer Staatskapelle Orchestra’, touring Italy with ‘Canti Maori’ opera and performing as a guest artist at the Battle of Passchendaele 90th Commemorations in Belgium. He has toured with his mentor Dr Richard Nunns to many countries, including World Music Days China-NZ Symposium and Dialogue in Music, Beijing China, - most recently Patagonia.

A regular member of Moana and the Tribe, he has toured extensively with them. Including Venice Biennale 2009,2009 Rainforest World Music Festival, and Dreaming Festival , Brisbane Australia, 2009. Horomona is keenly sought after, and regularly involved in workshops and furthering the knowledge and interest in Taonga Puoro.

Ko Putahi, ko Taranaki, ko Hikurangi oku Maunga,
Ko Wairoro, ko Waitotoroa, ko Waiapu oku Awa,
Ko Te Uri O Hua, ko Ngati ‘aupoto, ko Ruataupare oku Hapu.
Ko Nga Puhi, ko Taranaki, ko Ngati Porou oku Iwi.

Putahi, Taranaki and Hikurangi are my mountains,
Wairoro, Waitotoroa and Waiapu are my rivers,
Te Uri O Hua, Ngati ‘aupoto and Ruataupare are my peoples,
Nga Puhi, Taranaki and Ngati Porou are my nations.


Waimihi Hotere – vocals

Waimihi is an actor, director and dramaturg and currently the Kaiwhakahaere i Nga Mahi Toi- Maori Arts Advisor for Arts Waikato based in Hamilton East. A graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Waimihi was most recently seen in The Large Group and Silo co-production of The Threepenny Opera.  Waimihi has appeared in many Downstage Theatre productions including Little Shop of Horrors, Lets’ Go, and Blue Smoke and has toured Hawaii with highly acclaimed playright Hone Kouka's productions of The Prophet (2006) and Waiora (1999).

Waimihi’s connection with the dance community began in 1987 with ballroom lessons with Anne and Richard Broadbridge in Cambridge.  In 1991, Waimihi was offered the opportunity to represent Aotearoa at the “Dance and the Child International” Conference in Salt Lake City with the Sacred Heart Contemporary Dance team which was led by Dorothy Coe and also included childhood friend Dolina Wehipeihana.  Through her relationship with Dolina and her involvement with Theatre that Waimihi has built strong working relationships with many of the Maori Contemporary Dance community.  An active member of Atamira Dance Collective, Waimhi toured Aotearoa, Hawaii and Tasmania with the production, Ngai Tahu 32 by Louise Potiki Bryant. She has also directed and produced television programmes for Maori Television and TVNZ including Ask Your Auntie, Warrant Of Fitness, Kia ora, Belau!

Waimihi's strong vocal talents have seen her guest star in the New Zealand International Festival 2006 in the tribute show Maori Showbands- Taking on the World, 2004 as a Festival MC, 2002 in Fane Flaws' theatrical adaption of The Underwater Melon Man and 2000 with festival hit Blue Smoke. She has closely collaborated with musicians and composers such as Warren Maxwell (Little Bushman) and Jeff Henderson (Urban Taniwha),and on soundtrack recordings for Hone Hurihanganui's play Awhina (produced by Taki Rua Productions) and Gareth Farr's Te Papa at the Governor General's Millennium Dawn Celebrations.   

In 2003 Waimihi toured with kapahaka, Mauritaiaho to support a NZ contingency of Maori Master Carvers including Fred Graham, Kereti Rautangata, Roi Toia, Todd Couper and Te Warehi Hetaraka. They performed at The Unlimited Wood Passion Festival, Holland and the Daetz Centrum Wood Carving Museum, Germany where she also took part in carving the waharoa made for the museum. Waimihi celebrates her ancestry from Te Aupouri, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Mahuta, Ngati Wai and the Armstrong clan.


Paddy Free – composer, performer, producer, engineer

Paddy Free is one of New Zealand's most respected electronic musicians. Recording and performing internationally with Pitch Black and as a solo artist, he has written music for film, theatre, dance, television and multimedia art, as well as acting as producer and engineer for many world-renowned New Zealand artists. He has been twice-nominated for Best Producer at the Tuis - the New Zealand Music Awards - and in 2002 was awarded Best Engineer.

As a producer/engineer, keyboard player and general studio boffin, Paddy has worked with a diverse range of New Zealand and International bands such as Crowded House, Killing Joke, Neil Finn, Oceania, Supergroove, Emma Paki, Moana and the Moahunters, Kora, and Dub Asylum, to name but a few.

As a composer for arts and contemporary dance projects, Paddy has worked with Atamira Dance Company, Mau and Black Grace. He has composed several soundtracks for installation works by multimedia artist Rachael Rakena. Rachael's latest work, Aniwaniwa was shown at the Sydney and Venice Biennales in 2007.

As well a being a world class musician and live performer, Paddy is recognised as an international-level expert in the Ableton Live performance software, and has given lectures and clinics on live performance with technology in New Zealand and Australia, the USA, UK and Europe. He has recently been employed by New Zealand bands Kora and The Adults to assist with keyboard and computer programming for their live shows.

πPaddy has been performing a live set of Pacific-influenced electronica at festivals such as WOMAD and The Gathering since 1999, and his debut solo album, entitled Karekare: Te Reo O Te Whenua, was released in July 2008. A collaboration with renowned taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments) expert Richard Nunns, it weaves electronica with taonga puoro and vocals in te reo Maori from Tiki Taane, Waimihi Hotere and Te Wharetatao. Karekare represents a uniquely New Zealand sound, truly The Language of the Land.

Paddy is currently a member of Maori groups Reo, with Te Ahukaramu Charles Royal, James Webster, Horomona Horo, Erina Daniels and Alistair Fraser, and Nga Tae with Richard Nunns, Horomona Horo, and Waimihi Hotere. Through his involvement with these artists he is furthering the exploration of taonga puoro with electronica and dub production. Nga Tae recently performed at WOMAD New Zealand 2011 and Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia to great acclaim, with an album planned for release in late 2011/early2012.





Last Updated on Thursday, 02 July 2015 16:49