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Toni Huata

Performer, Māori Composer, Jazz Composer, Composer


Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata

From London jazz clubs to European arts festivals to New Zealand's Te Papa Tongarewa, Toni Huata's style and strength as a performer allows her to stand confidently in te Ao Māori (the world of Māori) and non-Māori worlds.

Toni is a Māori songtress whose talent and music reflects her deep spiritual and cultural roots. Toni’s voice ranges from Jazz, Soul, Opera to Haka and allows her to stand in various music and dance festivals around the world including support to The Neville Brothers (USA). Toni constantly performs live with common appearances at festivals, fashion shows, theatres, corporate events, health & education forums, Awards shows and women’s prisons. Internationally Toni has performed throughout United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, USA, Pacific, Australia and Asia. Her highlights have been the first Māori act to Headline at the world-renowned Jazz club – Ronnie Scott’s in London.

Hailing from Hastings in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, Toni says she was surrounded by an eclectic array of influences including the Anglican Church, choir, tap dancing, musical theatre and Kapahaka (Māori cultural performance). She affiliates to Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata tribes, and is also of Lebanese, German, Scandinavian and Irish decent.

Toni graduated in music at Whitireia Polytechnic, Porirua and her quest to hone skills as a performer took her to Jim Moriarty's touring theatre company where she held roles as an actor, singer, workshop facilitator, sound technician and tour manager. Toni also delivers unique Māori culture, language and movement workshops to many institutions including the NZ School of Dance and Drama. Adding more strings to her bow, Toni holds a trade certificate in hairdressing and third degree in Reiki Mastership. Toni’s voice featured in Gareth Farr’s Fan Fare Music for all 48 games in the Rugby World Cup 2011 and Toni performs for many theatrical productions, TV and film including voice work for Peter Jackson’s King Kong.

Toni holds governance roles in Taki Rua Productions (Co-Chair), Pūatatangi (Co-Chair) and Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Whanganui ā Tara (Co Secretary). Toni is also the Kaihautu Puoro Māori | Director of Māori Music at SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music.

“The beautiful vocal power of Toni Huata” - Dompost, NZ

"Aotearoa's very own Whitney Houston" - Cook Island New, NZ

“Constantly in demand, audiences are captivated as Toni adds to the allurement of our exotic shores making Māori language ‘sexy’” – Tu Mai, NZ

“Māori Diva sings in London" - NZ New, UK

"Brave and true like her ancestors Huata - Seizes the day!” – Capital Times, NZ

“Toni brings forth sounds and feelings from the past, mixes it with today's international musical influences to present a sound for the future” - Tu Mai, NZ.

Composed (68)

Taihoa (Dub-mix)

Te Reo Māori, Dub


Te Reo Māori, Dance, 3m

Ao Hurihuri

Te Reo Māori, Bouzouki, Electronic, Manu, 4m


Te Reo Māori, Dance, 4m

Aroha e

Te Reo Māori, English, RnB, 4m 10s

Awa (River Person)

Te Reo Māori and English, Contemporary, 3m 28s


English, Te Reo Māori, RnB, 3m 29s


English, Te Reo Māori, Acoustic Neo-Soul, 2m 49s

Dream Everlasting

English, Te Reo Māori, Dub, Acid Jazz, 4m 23s

E Ngā Reo

Te Reo Māori, Dance, 4m 38s

E Rere (Fly)

Te Reo Māori, Dub, 3m 46s

E Whakaaha

Te Reo Māori, English, Tribal, 3m 14s

Hau Āwhiowhio

Te Reo Māori, Taonga Puoro, Dub, Acid Jazz, 8m 16s


Te Reo Māori, Dub, Jungle

He Mihi Maioha

Te Reo Māori, Karanga, 1m 29s

He Tohu

Te Reo Māori, Jungle, Spoken Word, 4m 52s

He Tāngata

Te Reo Māori, Ditty, Haricot, 1m 37s

Hikoia te Whetū

Te Reo Māori, Band, DJ, 4m 25s


English, Te Reo Māori, Soul, 3m 14s

Hopukia te tao

Te Re Māori, Taonga Puoro, Haka, Western Classical, Back Beat, 3m

Hā – Breathe (Reo-mix)

Te Reo Māori, Dub, RnB, Pop, 3m 24s

Ka Tukua Koe – I Release You

Te Reo Māori, Ochestral, Taonga Puoro, 6m 29s

Kai Tua A Uenuku – Over the Rainbow

Te Reo Māori, Taonga Puoro, Guitar

Ko Koe Anake

Te Re Māori, Accapella, Duet, 4m 25s

Ko Wai Ka Hua

Te Reo Māori, Jazz, 2m 57s

Koa (Joy)

Te Reo Māori, Pop, Funk, 3m 31s


English, Soul, Te Reo Māori, Gossple, 3m 47s

Mana (Prestige)

Te Reo Māori, groove, jazz, 3m 23s

Mana Motuhake

Te Reo Māori, taonga puoro, dance, 4m 27s


Te Reo Māori, Matariki, Choral, Percussion, 5m 14s

Maumahara – Taku Tama e

Te Reo Māori, Mōteatea, Taonga Puoro, 4m 12s

Mauri Tō

Te Reo Māori, Dub Step, 5m 11s


Te Reo Māori, Country, 3m 9s

Ngā Rori

Te Reo Māori, Country, 3m 8s

Ngā Tukemata

Te Reo Māori, Kapa Haka, 4m 45s

Oho Mai Koe

Te Reo Māori, Pop, Hip Hop, Haka, 3m 7s


Te Reo Māori, Jungle, 2m 36s

Papatūānuku (Sunrise-mix)

Te Reo Māori, Sunrise Mix, 2m 17s

Rain – Ua Mai Rā

English, Te Reo Māori, Accapella, 4m 40s

Rangatira (Self Determination)

Te Reo Māori, Haka, Dance, 5m 29s

Reflection (Just for Today)

English, Te Reo Māori, Roots Reggae, 3m 48s

Soul True (Wairua Pono)

English, te reo Māori, Acoustic, Soul, Ballad, 4m 26s

Tahuri Mai

Te Reo Maori - TOMOKIA Album

Tahuri Mai

Te Reo Māori, Polyfunk, 4m 11s


English, Te Reo Māori, Dub Reggae, 3m 33s

Taku Tamaiti E (My Child)

for voice with te reo Māori, taonga puoro, Western Classical, 3m 56s

Te Rerenga Tākitimu

Te Reo Māori, Polyfunk, Dance, Taonga Puoro, 4m 51s

Te Hokinga Mai

Te Reo Māori, Acoustic, Western Classical, 4m 18s

Te Hokinga Mai - TONI HUATA (ft Te Taite Cooper, Karl Teariki)

Te Reo Māori, Accoustic, Western Classical, 4m 16s

Te Kākano

Te Reo Māori. Taonga Puoro, 3m 8s

Te Māori E

Te Reo Māori, Live band, Taonga Puoro, Jazz, 5m 19s

Te Okanga

Te Reo Māori, Ruruku, Dub, 4m 26s

Te Tipuranga

Te Reo Māori, Dub, 4m 52s

Tihei Mauri Ora

Te Reo Māori, Rock Ballad,, 3m 55s


English, te Reo Māori, RnB, 4m 20s


English, Te Reo Māori, Dance, 5m 15s

Tōku Reo

Te Reo Māori, Flamenco, Poi, Taonga Puoro, 4m 6s

Tōku Reo (remix)

Te Reo Māori, lounge, 5m 14s

Tū Tahi Tāua

Te Reo Māori, Brazilian, Live Band, 4m 12s


Te Reo Māori, Newage, 3m 28s


Te Reo Māori, Tribal, Haka, 4m 48s

Whakahokia Ki Te Wairua

Te Reo Māori, Jazz, 7m 13s

Whakarongo a tai

Te Reo Māori, Pacific, Kapa Haka, Mōteatea, 3m 12s

Whakarongo Ki Te Kārere

Te Reo Māori, RnB, 4m


Te Reo Māori, Taonga Puoro, Choral, 2m 49s

Whiti (Traverse)

Te Reo Māori, RnB, 3m 48s

Ā Muri Ra

Te Reo Māori, Dramatic, Film

Ō Tākitimu

Te Reo Māori, Jazz, 3m 43s

Performances (2)

Matariki ki Pōneke | Ahi Kā

Nau mai, haere mai – your whole whānau are warmly invited to celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Ye...

Matariki ki Pōneke | Wellington Sky Show

Nau mai, haere mai – your whole whānau are warmly invited to celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Ye...