Tēnā koutou,

Nau mai, haere mai, ki taku pae ipurangi hou!

It’s been a busy year despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Highlights include working with my new band Tararua on creating our album Bird Like Men, and setting up our artist-led record label Oro Records. Watch out for announcements of a national tour in 2022.

I also worked with Louise Potiki Bryant and Paddy Free on a new multi-media work Te Taki o Te Ua on the effects of Climate Change, which was premiered at the Wānaka Festival of Colour in April. 

Live highlights included working with the legendary Māori thrash metal band Alien Weaponry for their collaboration with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, where I played taonga puoro and sang a mōteatea from their recent album. It was also a real honour to perform alongside Mere Boynton on a collaborative piece with Gareth Farr, Ngā Hihi o Matariki, which we performed in Auckland and Wellington, which one reviewer said was “an exhilirating experience, not just breathtaking but spine-tingling”. You can watch it online in the video area.

I also had a chapter written in a book celebrating the work on the late great Bill Hammond, and wrote an article about my Musical Identity in the Awa Wahine Magazine. I had a poem published in Takahē 101 which was written around my aroha for te reo Māori and my frustration at times at not being a better speaker.

I’ve also really loved doing more community based wānanga, particularly around sharing taonga puoro, and another project working alongside my cousin Kelly Tikao and Kāi Tahu midwives, reviving customary birthing practices for the Hākui project.

One year on from receiving my my Arts Laureate Award, and all is going well as a full time artist. Here is a link to the Arts Foundation website where you can find out more about that and watch a video about me and my practice.


Please check back soon for concert news.

Kā Wai o Tahu: Marlon Williams, Ariana Tikao, Ruby Solly

29/08/21 6pm


The Piano

Admission: $45/43. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 156 Armagh Street.
The hammer of rain, a river’s murmur, the roar of a flood. Cicada song and parched hills. Crystal clear streams, and drained swamps and poisoned lakes. Come swimming with us through songs and stories of the beauty, power and threat of water as it moves through our lives and southern lands. This spectacular closing event features performances from Marlon Williams, Ariana Tikao, and Ruby Solly, plus exquisite new work from special guests.