Seeing the silly side of things, through the lense of a life fully-lived.
Anika Moa is a New Zealand multi-award winning recording artist, children’s entertainer, television presenter, popular MC and mother of four! Whew, talk about a Super Woman.
In a career spanning 20 years, she has released six studio albums, including two wildly successful children’s albums, 'Songs for Bubbas', inspired by the birth of her twin sons.
In 2019 Anika became co-host of the Hits Drive radio show, alongside Mike Puru and Stacey Morrison. Whilst being known for her sharp wit and hilarious banter, Anika is a staunch supporter of equality, diversity and empowering others.
Kiwi Music Legend: We won’t beat around the bush here, Anika Moa is a Kiwi Music Legend. Her songs have made their way into the fabric of New Zealand’s culture over the past two decades which means that Anika herself has become a Kiwi icon.
When it comes to music, Anika started young. At 13 years old she started writing her own songs - and from there her talents and fame grew quickly. Through the nurture that comes along with the art of studying music, and the nature that would become her relaxed performing style, Anika Moa the performer came of age playing in local bands before ending up in the office of a New York City music big-wig who signed her to an impressive record deal.
Since then, Anika has recorded and released six studio albums. She’s also toured extensively and played live gigs throughout New Zealand and across the globe (ask her about playing castles in Ireland).
Television Personality & Radio Queen: Beyond being a musician, Anika is a beloved and well-known face on our television and computer screens. Pushing beyond her own artistic boundaries, Anika became an accidental television personality. In fact, she’s amongst New Zealand’s most beloved TV personalities to date. Starting with ‘Face to Face’ in 2015, a frank and funny online interview segment, Anika had viewers in stitches of laughter each week.
From here, Anika hosted her own show ‘All Talk with Anika Moa,’ which aired on Maori TV in 2017. In 2018 with ‘Anika Moa Unleashed’ was released in conjunction with TVNZ. In a short four years, Anika has become quite the darling of New Zealand’s many varied air waves. Beyond TV, Anika has joined Stacey Morrison and Mike Puru with their drive show on NZME’s The Hits on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.
Activism: Anika Moa is a vocal advocate for women, families, & the LGBTQI+ community in New Zealand.
Photograph by Sacha Stejko