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Dame Hinewehi Mohi announced as Recorded Music NZ 2024 NZ Music Hall of Fame inductee

Story Published Saturday 18 May 2024

Recorded Music NZ is proud to honour Dame Hinewehi Mohi as its 2024 inductee into Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa | New Zealand Music Hall of Fame.

As well as being inducted into the Hall of Fame, this year marks 25 years since the release of their Jaz Coleman produced debut album, Oceania, as well as their much-discussed performance of the national anthem at the 1999 Rugby World Cup. 2024 also marks the 20th anniversary of Mohi's Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust and five years since the Waiata Anthems project began.

Dame Hinewehi Mohi was instrumental in the launch and success of Waiata Anthems, which has seen a number of local artists supported to translate and perform their songs in te reo Māori.

A cultural, musical and language revitalisation champion, Dame Mohi is currently working with Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust to reclaim the world’s largest haka (4028 pax) from France, at an event at Eden Park on 29 September 2024.

“I think being able to connect with New Zealanders and to help them to find a place where they are comfortable and proud about singing along to a waiata and being part of our rich cultural heritage, has been the most exciting aspect of my musical career. I love sharing with others, it makes it meaningful and we see how the power of music really works.”
- Dame Hinewehi Mohi

"Songwriter, artist, educator, mentor, advocate, diplomat, trailblazer ...and one of the most wonderful people I have ever met, I am thrilled to see our very own Dame Hinewehi inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. With a clear vision, a quiet and steely resolve, Hinewehi has led with heart, passion and inclusion, the waiata renaissance and the celebration of te reo Māori. She is an Aotearoa national treasure. Sending our love, admiration and congratulations, from all of us across the ditch!"
- Dean Ormston, APRA AMCOS Chief Executive

Dame Hinewehi Mohi will be celebrated at the 2024 Aotearoa Music Awards on Thursday 30 May at Viaduct Event Centre in Tāmaki Makaurau.

The purpose of Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa | New Zealand Music Hall of Fame is to serve as an ongoing platform to recognise and celebrate the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution and development of the musicla landscape of Aotearoa.