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by Greta Yeoman

Moana Maniapoto will perform in Twizel next month.

The former frontwoman of Moana and the Moahunters will be joined by sister Trina Maniapoto, along with Paddy Free and Cadzow Cossar, for the May 15 show.

The Twizel stop is her sole South Canterbury show on her Arts on Tour schedule.

She and her band will bring the 90-minute I am Moana show to the Twizel Events Centre, celebrating the ocean (Moana means ocean in Maori) and New Zealand’s connections to it.

The show’s mix of music, myth, humour and personal anecdotes will show that, even in the middle of the Mackenzie high country, the ocean can be celebrated.

Maniapoto is an Arts Laureate, inductee into the NZ Music Hall of Fame and was named one of University of Auckland’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni.

Her album with the Moahunters, 1993’s Tahi, was awarded the Independent Music NZ Classic Album Award at the Taite Music Prize awards last week.

Following Tahi’s recognition as a classic Kiwi album, the performers were also planning on performing plenty of songs off the record, along with garage party classics and songs which have taken Maniapoto and her musicians to 30 countries.

Maniapoto was looking forward to touring, after doing so with Arts on Tour in 2017.

Her previous shows were so popular some fans carried their own guitars and ukuleles to the show and joined in.

Despite travelling to “some of the most exotic places on the planet”, Maniapoto still describes her 2017 journey around Aotearoa as “an absolute privilege”.

“It was a reminder, too, of the passion people have for reclaiming the health of our waterways.”

I am Moana‘, Twizel Events Centre on Wednesday, May 15, at 7.30pm. Tickets from the Twizel Info Centre.