NZ Music Hall of Fame inductee Moana Maniapoto joins Alex Behan at the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
Moana Maniapoto has known for a week about the honour.
“I’ve been hugely nervous. I don’t think I slept last night. I’m really honoured to accept on behalf of a whole bunch of people.
“I was so nervous coming here and I didn’t sleep. And I walk in here and it kind of feels like whanau.”
On the diversity of Māori music she say: There’s something that fits every format.”
Hopes to use music and karakea to help teach Māori language.
On kapa haka:
“I’m actually really useless. I never made the front row. I think I just wanted to be the front row, really.
“I’m probably as insecure as the next person, which is one of the reasons why I was reluctant to accept this.”
In response to bad reviews:
“In the end I think, stuff you, who cares what you think? It’s not about you, and it’s bigger than me… I’m doing it to satisfy myself and whoever responds to my music.”