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Pere Wihongi

Composer, Performer

Biography

Pere Te Ruru o Te Ramana Wihongi, commonly known as Pere Wihongi is an award-winning composer based in Wellington whom originally comes from Herekino, New Zealand.

A self-taught guitarist, singer and composer of kappa haha and contemporary Māori music, Pere also has a back ground within directing and producing. As well as experience working in the television sector for both Marae and also Te Karere News as a reporter.

Pere is mainly known for co-managing and performing for Māori pop group Maimoatia, who are currently the most watched Te Reo Māori content on the internet and the award winning Te Kākano.

Pere states: “I was always composing random jingles and songs with friends, mainly to be funny. But I remember composing a full song and teaching it to my school in Year 9, and it’s been learning and developing ever since! Still developing to this moment!”

Pere Wihongi was the recipient of the 2019 Waiata Māori Music awards recieiving “Best Māori Male Solo Artist”.

His musical groupTe Kākano also took out “Best Traditional Album in Te Reo Māori”as well as “Best Māori Pop Album” and “Best Song by a Māori Artist” with their hit song “Tōrea”.