This Whakatane singer-songwriter's gifts are still shining brightly on her third album, her first entirely in te reo - and this time, her sensitive voice and skill at blending the present and the past are given a boost by an expanded breadth of subject matter.
The Maori Battalion tribute Te Ruatekau-ma-waru makes for a muscular centrepiece, but there are many sweeter moments, including Pomarie, a lullaby for an unborn child.
The forces of nature are given their due in Tangaroa Whakamautai, with a rhythm like the ocean swell, Haumanu and the Christchurch earthquake tribute Ruaimoko, while Ohomairangi is a tribute to her ancestors with a Pacific Islands twist.
Best tracks: Tangaroa Whakamautai, Te Ruatekau-ma-waru
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.
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