The SOUNZ Podcasts  

SOUNZ podcasts covers a range of topics that relate to the music of Aotearoa New Zealand.  Join our hosts as they explore issues and interests that are pertinent to our music today including classical music, Māori music, jazz, sonic art and the music of the Moana Pacific peoples.

SOUNZ Kaihautu Puoro Māori, Toni Huata, talks with Troy Kingi about his music, acting and current award nominations with Waiata Māori Music Awards and APRA Silver Scrolls.

Host: Toni Huata
Guest: Troy Kingi

Brought to you by SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music

Production team
Producer: Toni Huata
Sound Engineer: Phil Brownlee

This podcast is supported by funding from The Stout Trust.

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Toni Huata

Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata

From London jazz clubs to European arts festivals to New Zealand’s Te Papa Tongarewa, Toni Huata’s style and strength as a performer allows her to stand confidently in te Ao Māori (the world of Māori) and non-Māori worlds.

Toni is a Māori songtress whose talent and music reflects her deep spiritual and cultural roots. Toni’s voice ranges from Jazz, Soul, Opera to Haka and allows her to stand in various music and dance festivals around the world including support to The Neville Brothers (USA). Toni constantly performs live with common appearances at festivals, fashion shows, theatres, corporate events, health & education forums, Awards shows and women’s prisons. Internationally Toni has performed throughout United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, USA, Pacific, Australia and Asia. Her highlights have been the first Māori act to Headline at the world-renowned Jazz club – Ronnie Scott’s in London.

Hailing from Hastings in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, Toni says she was surrounded by an eclectic array of influences including the Anglican Church, choir, tap dancing, musical theatre and Kapahaka (Māori cultural performance). She affiliates to Ngāti Kahungunu and Rongowhakaata tribes, and is also of Lebanese, German, Scandinavian and Irish decent.

Toni graduated in music at Whitireia Polytechnic, Porirua and her quest to hone skills as a performer took her to Jim Moriarty’s touring theatre company where she held roles as an actor, singer, workshop facilitator, sound technician and tour manager. Toni also delivers unique Māori culture, language and movement workshops to many institutions including the NZ School of Dance and Drama. Adding more strings to her bow, Toni holds a trade certificate in hairdressing and third degree in Reiki Mastership. Toni’s voice featured in Gareth Farr’s Fan Fare Music for all 48 games in the Rugby World Cup 2011 and Toni performs for many theatrical productions, TV and film including voice work for Peter Jackson’s King Kong.


Troy Kingi

Te Whānau a Apanui, Te Tai Tokerau.

Based in Kerikeri, Troy Kingi is an actor and musician who wears many hats. He acted in the role of TK in Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople and won the APRA Silver Scroll Maioha Award in 2015 for his song with Stan Walker, Aotearoa. Troy released his debut solo album Guitar Party At Uncles Bach in 2016. In 2018, he unveiled his sophomore album Shake That Skinny Ass All The Way To Zygertron, a ‘sprawling sci-fi soul odyssey inspired by interstellar love, mystic prophesy, and 70s cosmic funk artists Funkadelic’.