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Grove Roots

Kia kitea te reo, Kia rongohia te reo, kia korerohia te reo, kia Māori te reo.

This korero set the foundation and kaupapa for Grove Roots founder Noel Woods.

He describes them as more than a band – they’re a collective, a culture, a jam session, a waka for our reo and kaupapa Māori.

Noel (Te Atiawa / Ngaruahine / Ngāti Porou) is an AV producer and songwriter who has always focused on normalising our reo Māori.

The 2018 album Waka featured an array of vocalists creating a mix of paddlers from reggae to hip hop, RnB and soul, funk to acoustic beats.

Vocalists Jess Te Moana, Amokura Tahi, Sianne Dougherty, Ihaka Tukapua, Amba Holly and Shyanne Tiarna take you on a journey through a wave of genres and swells of notes to tell you about a Grove where they jammed.

They released three singles in 2017 with the first two ‒ Tau Hou Māori and Te Kura – both reaching number one on the official Māori music charts.

The band were finalists for six awards at the Waiata Māori Music Awards 2017.

Starting as Grove, they debuted at the Parihaka International Peace Festival in 2006 following the release of a compilation album named Te Wharau.

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