Te Awanui Reeder (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngai Te Rangi, Ngai Pōtiki and Ngāti Whakaue), also known as Awa, is an award winning composer, performer, musician and radio and TV presenter.
Awa is also the only artist to win both an APRA Silver Scroll and an APRA Maioha award. His band Nesian Mystik, formed in 1999, has enjoyed incredible success, achieving multi-platinum sales with their debut album Polyunsaturated and generating a record-breaking total of 11 Top 10 singles over the course of their career.
Awa's 2011 solo debut Native Intel also hit the Top 40 - a particularly significant milestone given that the song was written in Te Reo Māori and English – and won him Best Māori Songwriter, Best Song and Best Māori Male Artist at the Waiata Māori Music Awards.
For almost 10 years now Awa has also presented the weekly, hour-long, Te Pūtaki radio show that goes out to 35 Iwi and Access radio stations across the country.