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Top 20 Finalists for the 2024 APRA Silver Scroll Award & Top 5 finalists for the APRA Maioha Award

Story Published Thursday 4 July 2024

It’s our pleasure to announce the Top 20 finalists for the 2024 APRA Silver Scroll Award | Kaitito Kaiaka and the Top 5 finalists for the 2024 APRA Maioha Award. New Zealand APRA members are now invited to vote for their top songs/waiata in each category and ultimately decide the best songs of the past year. The winners will be announced at the APRA Silver Scroll Awards Kaitito Kaiaka on Tuesday 8 October at the St James Theatre in Pōneke Wellington.

"The APRA Silver Scroll is a particularly prestigious honour, as the recognition of your peers is a special celebration indeed," says Anthony Healey, Head of APRA AMCOS Aotearoa.

"The songs shortlisted here reflect the masterful talent of songwriters and storytellers from Aotearoa whose work is being heard not just at home but all around the globe. These waiata represent our unique voices in the world and it's a privilege and honour to celebrate them."

The Silver Scroll Top 20 list was decided by a carefully curated panel of APRA members who are also well-respected songwriters, producers, and performers. They spent 3 weeks listening to more than 350 entries before joining an in-person judging meeting to decide on the shortlist.

Judges this year were: Amelia Berry (Amamelia), Bailey Wiley, Godfrey de Grut, James Coyle, Justyn Pilbrow, Marika Hodgson, Pati AF, Phil Bell, Sam Taylor, and Tami Neilson.

APRA SILVER SCROLL AWARD KAITITO KAIAKA TOP 20 SHORTLIST

  • A World Without You written by Alayna Powley and Devin Abrams*, performed by alayna (*Universal Music Publishing)
  • Been and Gone written and performed by Louis Baker and Wallace Gollan* (*Mushroom Music Publishing)
  • Boy written and performed by P.H.F
  • Choose Me written by Katie Everingham and Jonathan Pearce, performed by Dateline
  • I Am written by Stan Walker*, Vince Harder, Donny Te Kanapu Anasta, and Michael Fatkin^, performed by Stan Walker (*Sony Music Publishing, ^Universal Music Publishing)
  • I Like To Be Alone written by Gussie Larkin, Lily Paris West, and Abraham Hollingsworth, performed by Mermaidens
  • Jenny Greenteeth written by Chelsea Prastiti, Michael Howell, Tom Dennison, and Adam Tobeck, performed by Skilaa
  • Kārearea written by Mohi Allen, Noema te Hau III, and Rukuwai Allen, performed by MOHI
  • Kātuarehe written by Anna Coddington, Noema Te Hau, Ruth Smith, Kawiti Waetford, performed by Anna Coddington
  • Learning written by Jordan Rakei*, Linden Jay Berelowitz^, Mike Lesirge, performed by Jordan Rakei (* Sony Music Publishing, ^ Universal/MCA Music Publishing)
  • Māhoe me Patatē written by Emily and Charles Looker, performed by Aro (Songbroker Music Publishing)
  • Māori Ki Te Ao written by Stan Walker*, Donny Te Kanapu Anasta, Matthew Sadgrove, Rio Panapa, Hugh Lake, and Fasika Ayallew, performed by Stan Walker (*Sony Music Publishing)
  • March 12 written by Rebecca Mason Melrose and Harry Huavi, performed by Haz and Miloux (BMG Rights Management obo Big Pop Music Publishing)
  • Paradise written by Clark Mathews, Daniel Vernon, Christan Pianta, and Hakopa Kuka-Larsen, performed by DARTZ
  • Run It Back written by Tom Scott and Harry Huavi, performed by Home Brew (Concord Music Publishing)
  • Running Amuck written and performed by Byllie-jean
  • She written and performed by Aaradhna
  • Suit of Blue written by Luca George, Harry Charles, and Rita Laing, performed by Luca George
  • The Letter written by Georgia Lines, Whakaio Taahi*, and Patrick Manning, performed by Georgia Lines (*Concord Music Publishing)
  • Whai Ora written by Seth Haapu and Hana Mereraiha, and performed by Seth Haapu


The APRA Maioha Award Top 5 shortlist was decided by a panel of judges selected for their knowledge and understanding of waiata reo Māori/waiata reo rua and the current landscape of Māori composition and songwriting: Ani-Piki Tuari, Cilla Ruha, Kawiti Waetford, and Mātai Smith.


All APRA members are now invited to vote for their Top 3 waiata, which will determine the finalists and winner who will be presented with the Tohu Maioha on Tuesday 8 October at the St James Theatre in Pōneke, Wellington.

APRA MAIOHA AWARD TOHU MAIOHA TOP 5 SHORTLIST

  • Apakura’s Call (Remember Me) written by Victor Sulfa, performed by Hawkins featuring Maria Te Aukaha Huata
  • He Aho written by Tawaroa Kawana performed by TAWAZ
  • He Rei Niho written by Jordyn Rapana, Ruth Smith, Dan Martin, and Kawiti Waetford, performed by Jordyn with a Why
  • I Am written by Stan Walker*, Vince Harder, Donny Te Kanapu Anasta, and Michael Fatkin^, performed by Stan Walker (*Sony Music Publishing, ^Universal Music Publishing)
  • Māori Ki Te Ao written by Stan Walker*, Donny Te Kanapu Anasta, Matthew Sadgrove, Rio Panapa, Hugh Lake, and Fasika Ayallew, performed by Stan Walker (*Sony Music Publishing)

Voting will close at 11.59pm on Thursday 25 July.

You can listen to a Spotify playlist of all top 20 Silver Scroll songs and top five Maioha Award waiata HERE

Want to know more about the judging process for the Silver Scroll Award Kaitito Kaiaka and Maioha Award? LEARN MORE HERE

The APRA Silver Scroll Award and APRA Maioha Award will be presented at the St James Theatre on Tuesday 8 October. The other awards presented on the night are:

  • SOUNZ Contemporary Award Te Tohu Auaha
  • APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award
  • APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award
  • NZ Music Hall of Fame Induction Te Whare Taonga Puoro O Aotearoa

You can watch past award presentations and performances HERE.