Songs haunt us. They remind us of where we’ve been and hint at where we are going… a bit like Ocean or Moana, that mysterious watery highway that connects our Pacific Islands and our people.
‘My Name is Moana’ is an intimate 90-minute tribute to the ocean led by singer/songwriter Moana - Arts Laureate,
inductee into the NZ Music Hall of Fame and 2019 Distinguished Alumni (University of Auckland). This show celebrates our
relationship as New Zealanders to the Ocean through a mixture of music, myth and personal anecdote. An intimate,
uplifting and often humorous experience, “My Name is Moana” includes garage party classics as well as those
inspirational songs which have taken Moana and her musicians across 30 countries.
“We have travelled to some of the most exotic places on the planet,” says Moana. “But the Arts on Tour 2017 journey
around our own beautiful country was an absolute privilege. It was a reminder too of the passion people have for
reclaiming the health of our waterways.”
Independent Music NZ has announced the 2019 recipient of the Classic Record, an award acknowledging New Zealand’s
history of music albums that continue to inspire us and define who we are. This year’s judging panel has recognised
Moana and the Moahunters’ TAHI (Southside 1993) as one of Aotearoa’s classic records. Needless to say, songs from TAHI
will be ringing out from Twizel to Taranaki to Tauranga and everywhere in between.
AOTNZ audiences loved Moana and her fellow musicians when they toured in 2017. Heck, they loved them so much, some fans
carried their own guitars and ukuleles to the show – and joined in.
You can too. Now back by popular acclaim Moana, Trina and Paddy return. And they will be joined by Cadzow Cossar, one of
NZ’s tastiest yet unsung musical heroes on guitar, as well as bass.
FEEDBACK - some comments from their last AOTNZ tour:
* “Superb artistic quality – wonderful stories, laugh out loud humour and the music was beautiful.” – New Plymouth
* “Truly an evening of stories, harmonies and entertainment, but with a message: look after your country and your living
rivers and oceans. Entertainment at its best. A brilliant evening.” – Geraldine
* “Outstanding event – very professional” - Onewhero)
* “Very impressed by their aroha and professionalism” – Gisborne