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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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