Aroha for our moana

Acclaimed Aotearoa singer/songwriter Moana Maniapoto and her sister Trina star in ‘My Name is Moana’ in the Baycourt X Space on May 20. Photo:

Songs haunt us. They remind us where we’ve been and hint at where we’re going; much like the moana – that mysterious watery highway connecting the peoples of the Pacific Ocean.

Baycourt Presents, in association with Ngāi Te Rangi and Arts on Tour NZ, is proudly bringing My Name is Moana to the Baycourt Community & Arts Centre X Space on Wednesday May 29.

First toured across Aotearoa in 2017, this intimate 90-minute concert celebrates our relationship as Kiwis to the ocean and stars acclaimed singer/songwriter Moana Maniapoto, joined by Paddy Free, Trina Maniopoto and Cadzow Cossar.

“We have travelled to some of the most exotic places on the planet, but the 2017 tour around our beautiful country was an absolute privilege,” says Moana. “It was a reminder too of the passion people have for reclaiming the health of our waterways.”

Baycourt manager James Wilson says My Name is Moana features a mix of music, myth and personal anecdote that’s guaranteed to “draw you in, make you think, feel, laugh, sing along and possibly even dance”.

“Audiences loved My Name is Moana so much some fans brought guitars and ukuleles to the show and joined in. This is Moana’s own little garage party, and you’re invited – BYO guitar or ukulele!”

Baycourt Presents, Ngāi Te Rangi and Arts on Tour NZ presents My Name is Moana in the Baycourt Community & Arts Centre X Space on Wednesday May 29 from 7:30pm. Tickets $35-$30 plus service fees. For more information or tickets, visit


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