... I felt cocooned by the sounds at times, and at others, fresh winged on the air of the pūoro. - Stuff on Bird Like Men (The Album)

Fusing the incredible artistry of Ariana Tikao (vocals/taonga pūoro), Ruby Solly (vocals/taonga pūoro/cello), Alistair Fraser (taonga pūoro), and Phil Boniface (double bass), with mesmerising imagery by Kāi Tahu video artist Louise Pōtiki Bryant, Tararua weave together sound worlds from te ao Māori and te ao Pākehā with touches of jazz and folk.

Described by Lead vocalist Ariana Tikao as “an exploration of whakapapa and connections through music”, Bird Like Men draws inspiration from Māori rock art depictions of bird people at the Maerewhenua site in Otago, whānau manuscripts of Tīkao and kōrero (conversations) from Kāi Tahu Whānui.

Regarded as “[t]ruly magnificent” (Songlines), Tararua was nominated for Best Group at the 2021 Songlines Music Awards and Bird Like Men also featured in the Songlines top 10 best new albums from around the world in 2022.

Renowned for their rich and evocative performances, see Tararua at the Māoriland Hub this Festival and prepare to be spellbound.


Te hono i ngā tangi o te ao puoro Māori me te ao puoro Pākehā, koinā tā te hunga pūkenga puoro nei. Ko Ariana Tikao tērā, rātou ko Ruby Solly, ko Alistair Fraser me Phil Boniface. E ai ki a Ariana Tikao, te reo kaiārahi, “he torohanga hononga whakapapa i te ao waiata” te matua o tēnei whakaaturanga ā rātou.

He mea whakaaweawe ā rātou mahi e ngā mahinga toi Māori o ngā tāngata manu i Maerewhenua i Ōtākou, waihoki i ngā tuhingā tawhito ā te whānau o Ariana Tikao, me ngā whakawhitinga kōrero ki a Ngāi Tahu Whānui.

Artist Credits

Ariana Tikao - Vocals/taonga pūoro

Ruby Solly - Vocals/taonga pūoro/cello

Alistair Fraser - Taonga pūoro

Phil Boniface - Double bass


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Māoriland Film Hub


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