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APRA Maioha Award Deadline Extended

APRA Maioha Award Deadline Extended

The entry deadline for the 2016 APRA Maioha Award has been extended, entries now close on Monday 20th June.

The APRA Maioha Award recognises the art of contemporary Māori songwriting and honours composers who are telling their stories in the language of Te Ao Māori.

First awarded in 2003, the APRA Maioha award was created to celebrate excellence in popular Māori composition, to inspire Māori composers to explore and express their culture and to increase awareness of waiata in te reo Māori throughout Aotearoa.

Since then, Te Ngore - the Maioha award sculpture carved by Brian Flintoff - has passed through the hands of some of Aotearoa’s most respected songwriters; from Ngahiwi Apanui - the inaugural recipient of the award - to Whirimako Black, Ruia Aperahama, Te Awanui Reeder, Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha, and to the most recent winners, Vince Harder, Troy Kingi and Stan Walker.

As Te Ngore passes from one composer to the next, it reminds us that music has the power to unite, bear witness, educate, agitate, comfort, illuminate and inspire us.

The winner of the APRA Maioha Award receives a $3,000 cash prize and is the guardian of Te Ngore for one year.

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