Aotearoa songwriters and composers were celebrated tonight at Spark Arena in Tāmaki Makaurau for the 2022 APRA Silver Scroll Awards | Kaitito Kaiaka. Over 500 guests joined the first in person celebration since 2019, with many tuning into the live stream online.
Music directors Rob Ruha and Cilla Ruha brought together incredible musicians from around the motu to honour the Silver Scroll Award finalists, APRA Maioha and SOUNZ Contemporary Award winners, and the 2022 NZ Music Hall of Fame inductees, Ngoi Pēwhairangi and Tuini Ngāwai alongside presentations of the Screen Awards.
Te Tairāwhiti choir Ka Hao and Rob Ruha took home the 2022 APRA Silver Scroll Award | Kaitito Kaiaka for their 2021 waiata ‘35’ written by Rob Ruha, Kaea Hills, Te Amorutu Broughton, Ainsley Tai, Dan Martin, and Whenua Patuwai. ‘35’ is a nod to the highway that runs along the East Coast and is Ka Hao’s first single preceding their debut album Ka Hao: One Tira, One Voice. The feel-good local anthem gained international recognition late last year after going viral on social media platfom TikTok, proudly putting Māoritanga and the East Coast on the map.
The coming together of Rob Ruha and Ka Hao is seamless, as a project to promote and revitalise te reo Māori, the group's name refers to the proverb ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi (as the old fishing net is worn, a new one is made), referring to youth growing up and entering adulthood. With his distinguished and respected kaitiaki of waiata reo and rangatahi in Aotearoa, Rob Ruha is the perfect conduit to welcome Ka Hao into the legacy of the Silver Scroll.
The APRA Silver Scroll was presented tonight by APRA Board Writer Representative and Aotearoa songwriter icon, Bic Runga and performed by Stan Walker and Hamo Dell. Ka Hao and Rob Ruha follow luminaries such as Troy Kingi, BENEE, and Aldous Harding, in taking home the big award this year. As voted by their songwriter peers, tonight’s win is a special moment for waiata reo Māori and recognises the indelible work to revitalise the reo through exemplary songwriting and composition.
Aja Ropata (Te Āti Awa ki Whakarongotai, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Raukawa), Byllie-Jean (Ngāti Pahauwera, Ngāti Whatuiapiti, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Heretaunga), and Christchurch-based songwriter/producer Chris Wethey were presented the esteemed APRA Maioha Award for their waiata ‘Te Iho’. First time finalist and winners, it was another proud moment elevating contemporary waiata reo Māori.
‘Te Iho’ praises the essence of powerful wāhine Māori, using poetic language to express the importance of women. Performed by Aja and Byllie-Jean, ‘Te Iho’ is a potent waiata about whakapapa and the DNA passed down from atua wāhine.
The award was presented by Hana Mereraiha, followed by a special performance by Sianne. This is the second year APRA members were invited to vote in the Maioha category, deciding the Top 3 shortlist and overall winner.
Reuben Jelleyman was presented the 2022 SOUNZ Contemporary Award | Te Tohu Auaha by Minister of Arts, Culture, and Heritage, Hon. Carmel Sepuloni. Reuben was selected for his orchestral work ‘Catalogue’ a “chaotic collision” of Reuben’s musical exploration during his studies at CNSMDP in Paris, and written for the ensemble Multilatérale.
Reuben proudly took home the SOUNZ Contemporary Award after two previous nominations and the presentation was followed by a spell-binding performance by IA.
The APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award | Tohu Pūmanawa was awarded to Dana Lund and Horomona Horo (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Porou, Taranaki) for their score on Whina, a retelling of the legacy of Dame Whina Cooper. Lund’s string-heavy score envelopes the viewer during moments of deep emotion, while seeding a sense of unnerve for what is to come. Recognised internationally for his invaluable knowledge of ancient Māori instruments, Horomona perfectly weaves taonga puoro into the compelling score of Whina.
Diggy Dupé, Jonathan Crayford, Joel Tashkoff (Choicevaughan), and Troy Kingi were presented the APRA Best Original Music in a Series | Tohu Paerangi for The Panthers soundtrack. Their gripping and emotional compositions perfectly paired with the recounting of the Polynesian Panthers and their work amidst the controversial Dawn Raids. The soundtrack which was released as a standalone album features lauded hip-hop/RnB artists Che Fu, MELODOWNZ, SWIDT, Rizvan, Bella Kalolo and many more.
Both screen awards were presented by Chelsea Winstanley and Tweedie Waititi.
Other performances included Thabani Gapara Project with Hātea Kapa Haka in tribute to Tuini Ngāwai, and a stunning performance of 'Haramai Roimata' by Jaedyn Randell and Peter Leupolu in honour of those who have left us in the last two years. The show was closed by Drax Project and Annie Crummer with a big performance of 'Ngoi Ngoi' with all the Silver Scroll performers jumping on stage for 'Poi E' at the end.
The 2022 APRA Silver Scroll Awards are proudly supported by NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho with thanks to Hallertau and Sublime Wines.
2022 APRA Silver Scroll Award | Kaitito Kaiaka
- WINNER: 35
written by Rob Ruha, Kaea Hills, Te Amorutu Broughton, Ainsley Tai, Dan Martin, Whenua Patuwai, performed by Ka Hao and Rob Ruha
- Beyond the Stars written by Tami Neilson and Delaney Davidson performed by Tami Neilson and Willie Nelson (Native Tongue Music Publishing)
- Girl At Night
written by Natalie Hutton, Minnie Robberds, Joel Becker, Angus Murray, performed by There’s A Tuesday (Native Tongue Music Publishing)
- He Ōrite
written by Troy Kingi*, Iraia Whakamoe, Ryan Prebble, James Coyle, performed by Troy Kingi and The Nudge (*LOOP Publishing Limited/Kobalt Music Publishing)
- My Boy
written and performed by Marlon Williams (Native Tongue Music Publishing)
2022 APRA Maioha Award | Tohu Maioha
- WINNER: Te Iho
written by Aja Ropata, Byllie-Jean, Chris Wethey, performed by AJA & Byllie-Jean
- Rangatira/Owner written and performed by Ria Hall translated by Teraania Ormsby (published by LOOP Publishing Limited/Kobalt Music Publishing)
- E Hine Ē
written by Em-Haley Walker, performed by TE KAAHU
2022 SOUNZ Contemporary Award | Te Tohu Auaha
- WINNER: ‘Catalogue’ by Reuben Jelleyman
- ‘more full of flames and voices’ by Neville Hall
- ‘Manaaki’ by Phil Brownlee, Ariana Tikao
2022 APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award | Tohu Pūmanawa
- WINNER: Dana Lund and Horomona Horo for Whina
- Karl Steven for The Justice of Bunny King
- Conrad Wedde, Samuel Scott, Luke Buda (Moniker) for Night Raiders
2022 APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award | Tohu Paerangi
- WINNER: Jonathan Crayford, Joel Tashkoff, Troy Kingi, Diggy Dupé for The Panthers
- Conrad Wedde, Samuel Scott, Luke Buda (Moniker) for Wellington Paranormal
- Claire Cowan for One Lane Bridge
2022 NZ Music Hall of Fame Inductees: Te Kumeroa “Ngoingoi” Pēwhairangi QSM, Tuini Moetū Haangū Ngāwai