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Maniapoto to enter NZ Music Hall of Fame

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/09/2016

Singer-songwriter Moana Maniapoto is to become the latest inductee into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

Invercargill-born Maniapoto, 55, will be inducted at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards in Auckland on September 26.

She came to prominence in the 1980s fronting Moana and the Moahunters, and went on to form Moana and the Tribe, producing music noted for mixing Maori tradition with contemporary soul.

APRA head of NZ operations Anthony Healey says Maniapoto's achievements continue through to today.

"She has shown people here that music is a language to unify, educate, advocate, understand, inspire, comfort and forgive," he said.

"She has taken that message around the world, leading the way for artists everywhere, encouraging and empowering them to do the same".

The Hall of Fame was created in 2007 and has 18 inductees, including Ray Columbus and The Invaders, Hello Sailor, Herbs, The Topp Twins and Douglas Lilburn.

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