Maorioke

Friday March 12 at 8.30 PM on Maori Television

The best new vocalists from around the country line up for a new series of this popular singing competition, with judges Victor Stent, Brannigan Kaa and Anika Moa.

Friday March 5 at 8.30 PM on Maori Television

The best new vocalists from around the country line up for this popular singing competition, with judges Victor Stent, Brannigan Kaa and Anika Moa, and hosts Cushla Tangaere Manuel and Te Rau Kupenga.

Friday February 26 at 8.30 PM on Maori Television

The best new vocalists from around the country line up for a new series of this popular singing competition, with judges Victor Stent, Brannigan Kaa and Anika Moa.

Friday February 19 at 8.30 PM on Maori Television

The best new vocalists from around the country line up for a new series of this popular singing competition, with judges Victor Stent, Brannigan Kaa and Anika Moa.

Kiwi music star Anika Moa is in the judge’s seat in the latest series of Maori Television’s popular entertainment show, MAORIOKE, starting Friday, February 19 at 8.30 PM.

The fabulous singer-songwriter joins entertainer Brannigan Kaa and music producer Victor Stent on the judging panel of the popular show that has 30 talented singers compete for the title of te toki o MAORIOKE and a $10,000 cash prize.

Hosted by Cushla Tangaere Manuel and Te Rau Kupenga, this sixth series of MAORIOKE is an elimination battle of the best of the best, featuring past winners and finalists from around the country.

Moa was delighted to be part of the show. 

“MAORIOKE was a really choice time for me,” she says.  “I got to watch all my cuzzies sing. Tino pai nga waiata!“

Producer Maraki Parata, of Mauri Ora Productions, says Anika’s bubbly character combined with her knowledge of music was a great combination to bring into the show.
“Anika is very much Maori but perceived as mainstream, while Brannigan is very well known in Maori music and Victor straddles both worlds. Between the three of them I think we have a really cool balance.”

First screened in 2003, MAORIOKE is dedicated to finding and exposing local talent.

Contestants, who have come from as far south as Christchurch and as far north as Kaitaia for this series, are carefully selected rather than coming from open auditions, says Parata.

“We deal with the contestants with integrity and we get them to give their very best performance,” he says. “We have no interest in putting weak performances on air.”

Parata says viewers will get more of an insight into the show this time around thanks to a new segment allowing contestants to reflect on what happened the previous week.

“There is definitely drama,” he says.  “Fluffing lines in the middle of a song and coming home strong, tears before the judges, there is a lot of emotion.”

Tune in Maori Television on Friday February 19 at 8.30 PM to hear the best new vocalists from around the country hitting the high notes on MAORIOKE.

Friday December 5 at 8.30 PM

At last, the grand final as the finalists – the ‘best of the best’ from previous seasons – sing one last time, live from Avalon. Until now, judges Brannigan Kaa, Betty-Anne Monga, Whirimako Black and Victor Stent have held the power over who should remain in the competition, but now it’s over to the audience to text vote for who they think should win. Who will go on to win $10,000?

Friday November 28 at 8.30 PM

A ‘best of the best’ singing series, featuring past winners and finalists of Maorioke. Tonight: Song from New Zealand feature as the last semi-finalists battle it out for a place in next week’s live grand final. Who will go home and who will go on to win $10,000?

Friday November 21 at 8.30 PM

A ‘best of the best’ series, featuring past winners and finalists of Maorioke. Tonight: It’s the rock/pop show, as the semi-finalists battle it out for a place in the final. Who will go home and who will go on to sing in the live final on December 5, and perhaps win $10,000?

Friday November 14 at 8.30 PM

A ‘best of the best’ series, featuring past winners and finalists of this popular singing series. The semi-finalists battle it out singing ‘old school’ hits, in front of well-known judges Whirimako Black, Victor Stent, Betty-Anne Monga and Brannigan Kaa. Who will go home tonight, and who will go on to win $10,000?

Aotearoa is packed with musical talent, and there’ll more high notes than ever before as popular singing show MAORIOKE returns to screens with a ‘best of the best’ series, on Maori Television from Friday October 3 at 8.30 PM.

Now heading into its fifth season, the makers of the programme say the time has come to revisit the most talented performers discovered over the years, and bring them back for another listen.

Thirty singers – including the four previous series winners, and the most talented runners up – have been chosen to come back for a ‘sing off’, to see who will win the title of ‘te toki o MAORIOKE’ – grand champion – and $10,000 prize money.

“We just wanted to get to a situation where viewers have an opportunity to see some of these people on more than a one-off show,” says MAORIOKE producer Maraki Parata. “They’ve all been selected for this current series because they are really, really talented singers.”

Parata says that past seasons proved to be good exposure for the performers, such as Tamehana Campbell from series one, and Toni Baird from series two. This series is intended to build on that – and give all singers the room to truly shine.

“They are all well beyond your average karaoke singer,” he says. “Things like correct pitch, knowing the lyrics – it’s all taken for granted these people have that sorted out. These are polished performers, and it all comes down to being able to interpret a song, and sell the story of that song.”

For the heats, contestants must sing two songs each – one acapella and one with a backing track – and two singers from each episode will carry on to the semi-finals.

From there, each performer will be required to deliver the goods while singing with a band, in themed episodes that span the decades – from the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s.

Just six will emerge from the semis, to go on to give their all in the live final, on December 5, with the winner to be decided by audience text voting. All finalists will receive $1000.

Well-known judges Whirimako Black, Brannigan Kaa and Betty-Anne Monga return from previous shows, along with new judge, industry expert Victor Stent. Returning hosts with the most are Kingi Biddle and Cushla Tangaere-Manuel.

Join the best new singers in the country when MAORIOKE returns to Maori Television, with the season premiere on Friday October 3 at 8.30 PM.