Acclaimed performer Ariana Tikao (Kai Tahu) has released Kia Mataara today. The single has been eagerly anticipated by Tikao’s fans and will be supported by a multi-date tour of the South Island, Wellington and Auckland, starting in Wellington on 1 November (see details for tour on the ‘konohete/live’ link on this website).

Kia Mataara is the first new release from Ariana since her album “From Dust to Light” (2012) and is available at

 The new waiata is dedicated to and inspired by Ariana’s teenage daughter and money raised from the sale of the single will be donated to the charity KidsCan.

 Kia Mataara is a hauntingly beautiful song has at its heart a call to all young women to, as the title says, ‘be alert and vigilant’ and to be strong within themselves. “It’s a message to stay true to yourself and stay strong in the face of whatever is to come,” says Ariana.

Funds raised from the sale of Kia Mataara will be donated to KidsCan. KidsCan exists to meet the physical and nutritional needs of Kiwi kids less fortunate than others so they can be more engaged in their education and have a better chance of reaching their potential in life. For more information about KidsCan go to