A work in ten parts for vocals and taonga puoro, Te More brings together two of our finest musical taonga: Whirimako Black and Richard Nunns.

The album is a tribute to one of Maoridom’s most famous early composers, Mahi-ki-te-kapua, and consists of selected moteatea from Tuhoe as well as pieces composed by Whirimako and Richard in the moteatea tradition.

The simplicity and austerity of the album (and its provenance) situates it closely to Rattle’s landmark 1994 release, Te Ku Te Whe. Te More connects the oldest and most revered traditions of waiata with the contemplative concentration of 21st century art music. Emotionally rich, texturally lush, this beautiful recording brings together two of our finest musical taonga.

Whirimako Black (vocals)
Richard Nunns (taonga puoro)

Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Steve Garden
Photography by Kathrin Simon
Design by UnkleFranc

Whirimako Black, Richard Nunns and Steve Garden would like to thank Dr Glenn Colquhoun for his enthusiastic and generous support

This project was made possible with support from Creative New Zealand

Best Te Reo Album finalist, 2012 Waiata Music Awards; Best Maori Album finalist, 2012 NZ Music Awards; Best Engineer finalist, 2012 NZ Music Awards


Released: 14 November 2011
Catalogue: RAT-D028