Category: Music

Waiata Anthems Week 2021

Separate from, but aligned with, Maori Language Week, Waiata Anthems Week brings you top musicians from Aotearoa playing sublime music and singing in te reo Maōri.

Their mission: “An industry-wide initiative, Waiata Anthems Week will be a celebration of the best new waiata and a chance to honour the champions and pioneers of te reo Māori who paved the way for future generations, supporting the emergence of a truly bilingual musical landscape.”

Here’s the website, where you’ll find links to the music on various platforms.

And don’t forget that Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori runs from Mahuru (September) 13th – 19th. Get some inspiration from the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori website.

Kia kaha te reo Māori!


Lung did quite well for themselves back in the day. Main Lung guy Dave White ran The Stomach for a while, and he was always anarchically encouraging, and ready to push you into doing something musically weird if you felt like it. (Anecdotes in the comments, please!) Far-flung Lung toured overseas, and I seem to recall they did well in some European countries. Anyway, come 2021 and they said “let’s do that stuff again”, so they did a tour of Aotearoa. I’m told that all the energy and attitude from the Nineties was still present and correct!