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IWI are a rōpu who formed over 15 years ago to promote te reo Māori, kaupapa Māori and positive messages to our people through the use of waiata.

We come from a strong reggae, hiphop, RnB background and we still show those influences today. We’re experimenting at present in other genres like the blues and some alternative stuff which is evident in our new album, Te Kawa Tuarua!

Today the crew has a combination of old and new blood. The youngest is turning 15 years and the oldest in the band has just hit the big 50! Keelan Ransfield, Kimo Winiata and John Grace are three OGs from IWI with three new members, sisters Manawahine & Johanna Tango (Ngā Puhi) and Chris Wilson (Ngāti Hinerangi).

We have been on a journey over the last 18 months creating and recording our latest project, Te Kawa Tuarua including numerous practices to ensure future tight live performances.

Last edited: 15.03.16

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  • View on NZ On Screen Loose Enz - Graham's Mum and the Goulden Tour

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Drama ; Television

    "This off-the-wall comedy of errors — from the Loose Enz series — sees hapless tour operator Graham (Ian Watkin) and his wide boy driver Ron (John Bach) leading a busload of international visitors (well) off the beaten trail. the teleplay neatly skewers clichéd promotional travelogue commentaries (with the music of Sibelius never far away) and takes broader shots at the tourists’ various cultural stereotypes. With Graham well-meaning but dim, and Ron too busy looking after number one, Graham’s mum (a formidable Yvonne Lawley) and enterprising local Iwi come into their own as hosts." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • Homai Te Pakipaki - 2015 Grand Final

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Variety ; Te Reo ; Music ; Māori ; Television

    "The very last grand final of Homai Te Pakipaki sees ten finalists from across the motu come together to sing their hearts out, with the hope of taking home a $20,000 cash prize (plus phone package). Broadcast live, the raw talent karaoke contest is hosted by Brent Mio and 2008 series winner Pikiteora Mura-Hita, with help from Pakipaki veteran Te Hamua Nikora. The winner is decided by whānau, iwi and the viewers at home via text vote. The guests include 2014 winner Lee Stuart, band Sons of Zion and IDentity Dance Company. There are also short clips of past show highlights." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Prince Tui Teka - 1983 Variety Show

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Television

    "Kicking off with a cover of his hero Elvis Presley's 'That's Alright,' the late Prince Tui Teka delivers a classic performance in this TVNZ-filmed variety show (one of three specials). A classy Bernie Allen-led band and the Yandall Sisters back-up on the smoky Vegas-inspired set. Tui sings his hit 'E Ipo' with wife Missy, and they pay tribute to the song’s Māori lyricist Ngoi (‘Poi-E’) Pewhairangi. The songs are peppered with warmth, humour and poi action (led by a young Pita Sharples), as Tui Teka confirms his reputation as one of Aotearoa's great entertainers." (NZ On Screen summary)


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