Press release:


Acclaimed performer Ariana Tikao (Kai Tahu) will release Kia Mataara in November. The single has been eagerly anticipated by Tikao’s fans and will be supported by a multi-date November tour of the South Island and Wellington starting in Wellington on 1 November.


Kia Mataara is the first new release from Ariana since her album “From Dust to Light” (2012) and will be available at  from 1 November.


The new waiata is dedicated to and inspired by Ariana’s teenage daughter. This 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.


The first recording of the new single was made at Bob Bickerton’s Nelson studio as part of a whānau album that Ariana is working on with Solomon Rahui and Holly Weir Tikao with funding support from the Ngāi Tahu Fund. Some of Ariana’s whānau will also join her on the tour.


In addition, internationally acclaimed taonga puoro expert Richard Nunns will perform with Ariana at her Nelson and Blenheim appearances and Jacquie Walters, her former musical partner in the duo Pounamu will reunite with Ariana at her Nelson gig.


Ariana is well-known to New Zealand audiences having performed Ōhaki (a multi-media show) with Richard Nunns to standing ovations in both Christchurch and Nelson, having toured New Zealand with Hannah Howes for Wahine Toa  and with two other Kai Tahu musicians, Mahina-ina Kaui and Christine White as Voices of our Ancestors, part of Arts on Tour NZ. Members of Emeralds and Greenstone will accompany Ariana in Christchurch, and Christine White will be accompanying her for the Wellington performance.


She has also featured on the album Ihimaera and has toured and recorded with folk crossover group Emeralds and Greenstone. Many people will remember Ariana’s stunning rendition of Whakaaria Mai for the Christchurch Earthquake Memorial event in Hagley Park. The event was broadcast live and screened internationally in February 2012.


Full tour information can be found at Please check the site regularly for new gig confirmations.


Confirmed gigs are:


1 November Futuna Chapel, Wellington, 6pm (with Amiria Grenell)


2 November St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki, 3pm (with Amiria Grenell)


7 November Fairfield House, Nelson, 8pm (with Richard Nunns and Jacquie Walters)


9 November Dharma Bums Club, Blenheim, 5pm (with Richard Nunns)


28 November Orange Studio, Christchurch, 8pm (with Emeralds & Greenstone)


Media Enquiries:

Jacquie Walters


M 021 0730454



About Ariana Tikao:

Ariana is a unique, award-winning singer, songwriter and performer. Her haunting, heartfelt music forms a connection with her listeners. She draws on folk and pop styles with a strong emphasis on Māori chant. The ethereal music Ariana creates is inspired and influenced by her Māori ancestry and she draws upon the dramatic landscape of Te Wai Pounamu – the South Island of New Zealand.


“Kia Mataara” is proudly supported by The Ngai Tahu Fund.