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“The best protest we can do right now is be Māori, be who we are, live our values, speak our reo, care for our mokopuna.”

- Kīngi Tūheitia at Tūrangawaewae Marae Jan 20, 2024

We come from a world where your word is your bond, your word had mana and we stood by what we said. 184 years ago we had Te Tīriti with the Crown promising that our Taonga would be protected, this still hasn’t been honored. In 2024, our current government are now threatening to eradicate everything Māori including Te Tīriti.

“Ka whawhai tonu mātou, ake ake ake!

We will fight on forever, for as long as it takes!”

-The Battle of Orākau Pā, Kihikihi, 1864

We No Muck Around 2022 WMMA Winner Best Māori Hip Hop Album WMMA Finalist Best Solo Māori Male Produced by 10A Co produced by Tipene Released LOOP NZ


Tipene, hailing from Aotearoa, NZ, is considered one of Aotearoa’s leading bilingual Hip-Hop artists with an uplifting message deeply rooted in Te Ao Māori(Māori Worldview).

In just over a decade-long career, Tipene has quietly amassed over 14 million streams across 3 studio albums, is a two-time APRA Silver Scroll top 5 Finalist, 2 time winner of “Best Māori Hip-Hop album, had multiple NZ charting singles, and over 100,000 online followers.

Tipene is most known for his debut track “West Side Hori” an autobiography of Tipene which earned him his first APRA Silver Scroll finalist nomination and the Remix featuring Sid Diamond and Sir T at 9 million streams across Youtube and Spotify.

His latest project “We No Muck Around” released through LOOP in Dec 2022, has so far generated 350k online streams and 3 music videos shot by award winning Videographer Shae Stirling. Tipene toured with L.A.B on summer tour in Tauranga, Hawke’s Bay and Whangarei playing to around 40k people in attendance.

In 2019, Tipene became an ambassador for Māori Music, won the award for “Best Maori Urban Artist 2019” won ““Best HipHop Album 2023” and has been a finalist for multiple Waiata Māori Music Awards including consecutive nominations for Best Solo Māori Male, Best Music Video by a Māori Artist, Best Song by a Māori artist and Best Māori Songwriter and Best Hip Hop Album

International Support

Joe Walsh(The Eagles)

The Wailers(Bob Marley)

Bone Thugs N Harmony

NZ Artists Support

2 x National Album Tours

L.A.B . Katchafire . The Black Seeds . Summer Thieves

Scribe . Sammy J . Stan Walker . Che Fu . DLT. Savage HP Boyz . Troy Kingi

NZ Festivals

SPLORE, RaggaMuffin Road Show, Exodus

East Coast Vibes

Waitangi Day Celebrations

World Indigenous Tattoo Festival

Waiata Māori Music Awards

Summer Frequencies

Newtown Festival

Music Collaborations

Che Fu . Scribe . Maisey Rika . Troy Kingi . Mareko

Chong Nee . Tyna Keelan . DLT . Upper Hutt Posse

Dam Native . Sid Diamond . 10A . Majic Pāora

Fortafy . SickDrumz

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Christchurch Hip-Hop Summit 2023

Tipene performing at SXSW Sydney w Aotearoa house 2023

Tipene & DJ Jayrasik LAB Summer Tour 2023

Heritage Trail Album Tour 2021

Māori Music Ambassador

WMMA Best Māori Urban Artist, 2019

WMMA Best Māori Hip-Hop Album, 2023

L.A.B Summer Tour Dec, 2022

Album Releases

Tautoko Album 2019

Heritage Trail 2021

We No Muck Around 2022

2 National Album Tours NZ 2019, 2022

14 Million streams across digital platforms

7 Singles Charting in NZ Top 20

NZ Music Commission Mentor in Schools

APRA Silver Scroll Top 5 finalist

West Side Hori 2013

Turangawaewae 2021

Waiata Māori Music Awards FINALIST: 2019,2021, 2023

Best Māori Male Solo Artist x3

Best Video by Māori Artist

Best Māori Songwriter x2

Best Song by a Māori Artist

Sync Web series 'Kura' TV On Demand 'West Side Hori'

8 Self Directed Music Videos (5.2M)

Tipene has notable collaborations with Chē Fu, Troy Kingi, Scribe, Maisey Rika, DLT, DAM Native, Sid Diamond, Mareko, Pieter T and more. Top NZ producers P-Money, Chong Nee(Dei Hamo, PT), SickDrumz(Rhianna, Lil Wayne), 10A(Kings, Scribe, King Kapisi) and Juse(SmashProof, TY, Sid Diamond).



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We No Muck Around 2022 Won Best Hip Hop Album WMMA Finalist Best Solo Māori Male Produced by 10A Co produced by Tipene Released LOOP NZ Native Niche

Tautoko (2019)

Won - Best Hip-Hop Album

WMMA Finalist:

Best Māori Male

Best Music Video

Best Māori Songwriter

ARPA Silver Scroll Top 5

Produced by Tipene

Empire Records NZ/Native Niche

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Tipene has a BA in Education and has been a youth mentor for 17 years working in hard to reach communities, Kura Kaupapa, secondary schools, youth justice and adult learners largely through his various teaching roles and also mentoring in schools program through the NZ Music Commission.

Tipene’s main passions are people, Māori culture and music. He has managed to combine all of these passions to create ‘Poutama Music’ which involves self expression, self determination while developing self confidence and cultural connection.

Tipene is currently facilitating Poutama Music in Whitianga developing young talents into future leaders. Read..

Te Paea Seasons and Chance “C33Y” Haddon have been working closely with Tipene for 2 years and both produced their own albums which were released Dec 2, 2023 which they performed to a sold out crowd in Whitianga.

Te Paea Seasons

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Te Paea Seasons(21 yrs) is a soul R&B singer songwriter of Ngāi Te Rangi descent originally from Tauranga Moana, raised in Whitianga. Te Paea has a very broad style from afro pop and acoustic RnB to rapping socially conscious messages over modern trap beats. Te Paea comes from a Kapa Haka background and singing in school bands to a confident young artist who has been working on her fist E.P “Seasons” is available now on all streaming platforms: Listen on Spotify. Te Paea will be moving to Auckland in Jan 2024 to join the I AM HOPE team with Mike King sharing her story to inspire our youth to be resilient.

Chance ‘C33Y’ Haddon

Chance Haddon aka C33Y(23yrs) is a Hip-Hop artist of Ngāti Ruanui descent originally from Whanganui, raised in Whitianga. Chance has a classic old school soul to his writing with a new skool flow able to speak on his life experiences through to club bangers and summer anthems. Chance has been writing his own music from the age of 16 and just completed recording his first E.P(6 tracks) titled “Find Your Way” about his journey through school, his dream to pursue music and recently becoming a young father. Chance has recently won “Emerging Artist Under 25” at the Māori Music Awards announced on New Years Eve 2023.

Karen McLeod Photography

Karen McLeod Photography

Karen McLeod Photography