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Marc Paetahi Wagner

Performer, Māori Composer


Te Whānau ā Apanui, Te Ātiawa, Te Ati Haunui ā Pāpārangi (Whanganui), Ngāti Hauiti, Ngāti Apa, Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko O Te Ika, Ngāti Kahungunu

Marc was raised in Wellington, Porirua and Whanarua Bay (East Coast, North Island). Marc also lived in England as a child. He has long composed songs about his experiences and influences living in South Sheilds (north of England), then London where he was exposed to many different genres including, Ska Reggae, Jazz, Pop and Māori music. Marc experience Māori performing arts and touring throughout Europe through the London based Kapa Haka group, Ngāti Rānana. Ngāti Rānana was formed in the 1950's by many foundation members including Timoti Karetu.

When Marc retunred to New Zealand he spent a bit of time in Chrischurch with Te Kotahitanga Kapa haka then made his way to Wellington eventually working in Te Kohanga Reo National Trust. During this time two he combined with two of his brothers - Adrian and Richard forming the group - The Wagner Brothers. The Wagner Brothers performed in many music festivals, Waitangi and Independence Days throughout the country. They also MCeed many of these concerts and were famous for their engageing Afro, Caribbean, Māori vibes and busking in central Wellington. This also extended to many different Busking Competitions throughout the country.

The Wagner Brothers:

Brothers Marc and Adrian Wagner fuse ska and reggae with Māori language to deliver their dancehall debut, 'The Wagner Brothers'. They have also co-composed with brother Richard Wagner. The Wagner Brother EP was engineered by electronica extraordinaire Paddy Free and George Nepia III a.k.a. 'Hori Dabbler'. This EP is set to get people 'movin and shakin' with a Sha-Māori style of music and is bi-lingual with te reo Māori and English. The EP 'The Wagner Brothers' is a fantastic feat as Marc lives in Sydney, Adrian lives in Wellington and Richard in Waikaremoana.

Composed (6)


Te Reo Māori, Reggae, 3m 33s

Kari at Seven Brother, Te Papa - Marc and Adrian Wagner

Ska, Afro-Caribian, Māori, 3m 40s

Kōhanga Reo

Te Reo Māori, Ska, 1m 55s

My Sweet Baby

Te Reo Māori, Reggae, 3m 53s


Te Reo Māori, Reggae, 3m 23s

Wāhine Toa

Te Reo Māori, Ska, 3m 24s