Ria Hall named as a finalist at Waiata Māori Music Awards

Our whanaunga, Ria Hall has been announced as a finalist in the 11th Waiata Māori Music Awards awards for Best Māori Female Solo Artist. She has been nominated alongside other musical luminaries such as; Sandy Mill and Huia Hamon, for Best Māori Urban Roots/Reggae Album for 'Rules of Engagement' and Best Music Video By A Māori Artist for Te Ahi Kai Po, and the Maioha award alongside Rob Ruha and Seth Haapu. NZ's top songwriting awards. The Maioha Award celebrates excellence in popular Māori composition.

Ria stated that "it’s humbling to be amongst such an amazing pool of Māori talent who I admire so much!"

"Initially conceived in Wellington and completed in Hall’s ancestral home of Tauranga, the album’s inspiration and concept stem from the New Zealand Wars of the 1800’s, specifically 1864’s Battle of Gate Pā (Pukehinahina). Known as one of the most important battles of the New Zealand Wars, the Battle of Gate Pā saw hugely outnumbered Māori defenders managing to hold off an experienced British force, and secure a key Māori victory. 

The inspiration behind the concept comes from a letter written from Henare Taratoa to Sir George Grey, outlining the manner in which the Battle of Gate Pā should ensue, and how both parties should conduct themselves during war. This code of conduct was known as the Rules of Engagement, and is where this project takes its name from." - loop.co.nz

The album can be purchased here.