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Anika Moa


Not that she should need any introduction but just in case you've been hiding in the closet for the last 16 years - this is the story of an adorable yet feisty Kiwi icon.

Anika Moa is a clever, charismatic and funny as all hell singer songwriter from New Zealand/Aotearoa. She began writing pop songs at the tender age of 13 and is now an established singer, writer and mother of three.

Back in 1999 Anika was spotted by Atlantic Records and became the youngest Kiwi artist to be signed to a major American record company. She was catapulted from Hornby, Christchurch to the bright lights of New York at just 18. With the help of her New Zealand label Warner Music she recorded her debut album Thinking Room with Australian producer Victor Van Vugt (Nick Cave, PJ Harvey) in the big apple. Back in New Zealand the album ricochet to number one and her stellar career began.

Anika was living the dream, but terribly homesick. She knew her heart was with Aotearoa so she returned to focus on her burgeoning success here.

She has released six albums thus far and continues to evolve as a writer, artist and performer. She is recognised as an accomplished songwriter and her ambition is just to get better and better at writing. Be better than Coldplay at least. Lol

Anika has a long list of accolades to her name and while she's terribly humble, here's a list of them:

• Winner APRA Children’s Song Of The Year award for Colours Are Beautiful - 2014
• Winner of Best Children’s Album award – 2014 New Zealand Music Awards.
• Winner of Best Female Solo artist award - 2010 New Zealand Music Awards for her album In Swings The Tide
• Winner Best Female Solo artist award - 2008 New Zealand Music Awards for her album Love In Motion
• Winner of the Songwriter of the Year award - 2002 New Zealand Music Awards for her song Youthful
• Winner Best Female Vocalist award – 2002 New Zealand Music Awards.
• Nominated for three APRA Silver Scroll Awards in 2005 (Stolen Hill), 2008 (Dreams In My Head) and 2010 (Running Through The Fire (Storm)).

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stolen hill
Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 5:30 pm
hi there,

I don't know if Anika ever reads this page, but I wanted to say I saw her interview on JuiceTV a while ago and wrote this poem (I write poetry Blue Razz ) while I was watching. It's about a place called Oaro, on the Kaikoura coast of the south island, where we have a bach. We've gone there for holidays ever since I was a child.



My Light

Could I take your hand?
In my mind the skin feels
too close

walk with me
there is this fence
one two three …
five strand wire
and sheep

amidst the sunlit grass
blade by blade step through
step uh
how the hillside climbs
away in rolls and slides
little tracks and shelves
where the sheep trail
little feet climb

from the top
the Maori cem e te ry
hushes your mouth gaze
out to the glass horizon
where the whales boom

I want to show you
the sea wall,
the tiny huts two beds bunks
outside dunny

and the wood pigeon
carrying the sound of five hundred
journeys in each wingbeat
fat with plums

show you the cut cross
clean above the salt bones of driftwood
sparking up the dark

take my hand
I'll try not to mind
how close you are

see the morning rise?
This is mine.

©Rae Pater


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Does anyone have "In the morning" Lyrics
Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 9:37 pm
I love Anika Moa's new release "In the morning" I'm glad she came up with some new stuff about time I missed it for a bit Razz But yea does anyone have "in the morning" lyrics or downloads....I dont think teh music shops are selling it yet....and its hardly ever getting played on the radio dammit Neutral thanks heeps

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Go West Young Woman
Posted: Thu May 29, 2003 2:51 pm
Thanks to Median Strip for the following:

Anika Moa has played the length and breadth of New Zealand, she's even done Aussie, bits of the US and a few European shows - but now she's hitting the big time - Helensville.

Anika and band have chosen West Auckland's Helensvill Grand Hotel to showcase new material written over the last couple of months. She'll be performing this Friday (May 30) and Saturday (May 31). More information about these gigs can be found on the muzic.net.nz gig guide.

Her new album is expected early next year.

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Anika Moa Article
Posted: Thu Nov 14, 2002 2:00 pm
You can find a great Anika Moa article here:



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RE: Anika Moa, James Reid Tour Cancelled
Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2002 6:19 pm
It has been announced that Anika Moa will be touring with Gramsci from 29 October, with tickets on sale from 21 October 2002 from Ticketek.

The details of this tour will be added to the muzic.net.nz gig guide as soon as they become available.


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Anika Moa, James Reid Tour Cancelled
Posted: Sat Aug 31, 2002 6:10 pm
UNFORESEEN circumstances - that was the official explanation given by their publicists for why the national tour by Anika Moa and solo Feeler James Reid has been cancelled.

Specifically, Reid\'s band had extended their promotional jaunt in Britain and the US, meaning he just couldn\'t make the 23 dates due to start this Tuesday in Putaruru which had been booked since the beginning of August.

Well, no, not quite. The decision to pull the tour was because its ticket sales were poor, promoter Brent Eccles confirmed to TimeOut, adding that the scale of the tour proved too ambitious.

However, there are plans for Moa - who has been warming a lot of television studio couches lately to promote the shows but cancelled her appearance on The Panel tonight - to tour nearer summer.

Thanks to NZHERALD for this story.

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Anika Moa Nominated For Juice TV Awards!
Posted: Fri Aug 9, 2002 11:53 am
Anika Moa has received the following nominations in the Juice TV Awards:

* Best Female Video (Falling In Love Again)


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Anika Moa Nominated For Squeeze People Choice Awards
Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2002 4:17 pm
Anika Moa has received the following nomination in the Squeeze People Choice Awards:

* Best Band/Artist


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