The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour CD
At the end of 2015 Moira Wairama of Baggage Books approached Tuhoe musician and music producer Tomi Te Taite to discuss creating a CD for her books The Taniwha of Wellington Harbour/ Nga Taniwha i te Whanga-nui a Tara.
She also approached Nga Puhi/Tuhoe actor Rob Mokaraka and asked him to read the voices of both taniwha. Although at the time Rob was busy working on his show Shot Bro and Tomi was busy producing an album both artists agree to be part of the project.
“Rob was busy working on his amazing show Shot Bro and Tomi was busy producing an album but they both made time so we could work on the Cd at Tomi’s home studio in Wainuiomata. They are such talented professionals, the whole process was a breeze. I was blown away when I heard the finished copy.”
The CD features a short introduction about the legend, a dramatized reading of first the English, then the Te Reo Maori versions of the book, complemented by Tomi’s soundscape and finally a simple waiata and haka. The CD was launched together with Moira’s new book The Mothers Child at BATS Theatre in Wellington in 2016.