Moa mak­ing a song and­dance


Dressed as a ninja rat and shar­ing the stage with a scary witch, singer-song­writ­ing mu­si­cian Anika Moa is look­ing for­ward to be­ing treated like a rock star.

Moa says that’s the ben­e­fit of per­form­ing for young ones.

‘‘Chil­dren don’t take shows for granted,’’ Moa says.

‘‘You get treated like a rock star with kids. They get re­ally ex­cited.

‘‘Adults don’t treat you like that, even if they are there to see you.’’

Kiwi mu­sic star Moa is per­form­ing her hit chil­dren’s show Chop Chop Hiyaaa at lo­cal venues across the re­gion as part of the Auck­land Arts Fes­ti­val this month, in­clud­ing the Cleve­don Com­mu­nity Hall and Waiuku Memo­rial Town Hall on March 24.

The show, which Moa toured across the coun­try last year, sees the singer dressed as a naughty ninja rat shar­ing the stage with a scary witch and hun­gry tani­wha.

Chop Chop Hiyaa is based on Moa’s two suc­cess­ful chil­dren’s al­bums, Songs for Bub­bas. Moa says ‘‘It’s awe­some’’ ‘‘I get to see these beau­ti­ful chil­dren sing, dance and have fun. In par­tic­u­lar, watch­ing a child who isn’t Ma¯ori singing Ma¯ori is amaz­ing.’’

While the show is tar­geted at chil­dren, she hopes that par­ents will en­joy the sheer silli­ness of it all.

‘‘I want them to watch their chil­dren light up and be able to re­lax,’’ Moa says.

‘‘I also hope they find it a lit­tle silly, a grown woman run­ning around the stage dressed like a ninja rat.’’

Moa, a mother-of-three, says she’s happy to see work­ing mums be­come part of the na­tional con­ver­sa­tion through the preg­nancy of Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern.

‘‘It’s healthy to have a bal­ance. Not just be­cause we can mul­ti­task,’’ she says.

‘‘Be­ing able to work and be a mother is good for my well-be­ing. I feel lonely when it’s just me and the kids.’’

This year, Moa will be film­ing a new on­line show for TVNZ, as well record­ing an al­bum for adults.

‘‘And chil­dren, of course. I’ll be with my fam­ily.’’

Moa per­forms Chop Chop Hiyaa at Cleve­don Com­mu­nity Hall at 11am, and the Waiuku Memo­rial Town Hall at 4pm on Satur­day, March 24.

Go on­line to for more in­for­ma­tion and to book.


Anika Moa is per­form­ing her fun-filled show in Cleve­don and Waiuku as part of the Auck­land Arts Fes­ti­val.

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