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Nikau Wi Neera

Composer, Māori Composer

Born: 1999 Website  


Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Pāhauwera, Ngāpuhi, Kai Tahu

Nikau Wi Neera is an award-winning composer based in Wellington, New Zealand. His music is daring and versatile, deftly mixing genre and idiom whilst maintaining a distinctive artistic voice. Nikau is passionate about telling stories that matter, and both his film and concert works show a drive to push boundaries and pursue beauty in both conventional and unconventional places.

As a film composer, Nikau and his teams have won several film competitions, such as the 48hr Film Competition and the inaugural Spark Tall Shorts competition judged by Taika Waititi, taking home the $10,000 grand prize for the latter. Nikau is a two-time winner of the Roxy 5 Film Competition, claiming both the grand prize and best musical score in successive years. His films have screened internationally, at film festivals such as WINDA, Māoriland, imagiNATIVE, PlayBack Chicago, and DocEdge.

Nikau is a frequent collaborator with Mason Cade Packer, whom Nikau met at high school. The two have maintained a fruitful and enjoyable collaborative partnership over the years, which continues to the present day. Nikau's current projects include Sonata, an upcoming drama about a tormented pianist, and HADES, a chilling exploration of family life during a plague outbreak in Chicago. Both of these films are being produced in partnership with Columbia College, one of the premier film academies in North America. Past work has included The Common Touch (2017), the feature film Faint of Heart (2018), and a number of shorts.

Nikau also has a significant body of art music works, much of which has been composed during his time at Te Kōkī, The New Zealand School of Music, Aotearoa's most prestigious music academy.

Composed (23)


Feature film music, 5m 20s

Aluminium Polyphase

for water bottle

Butterfly Café

Violin, Guitar, Cello

Chahar Mezrab

Guitar, Jazz, 5m 50s

E Whiti, E Tohu

Te Reo Māori, Male Choir, Arrangement, 3m 9s

Eutha-Nation: Escape Theme

Piano, Jazz, 3m 55s

Fantasia Breve

Flute, Clarinet


Film, 2m 48s

Im Wintergarten (Te Kōkī Session)

Keys - Te Kōkī, 6m 1s


Strings, piano, film, 52s

Lo Ta Nu'u

Choral, group singing, 2m 22s

Meditations I

Harp and Percussion

Microsleeps (Te Kōkī Sessions)

Te Kōkī Sessions, 5m 36s

No Mans Land

Film, Hip hop, Strings, 7m 39s

She'll Be Right

Ad, 46s

The Outer Green Belt (Te Kōkī Sessions)

Solo Alto Saxophone, 4m 56s


for 3 loudspeakers