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Musician and writer Hinemoana Baker will team up with top singer-songwriter and recording artist Charlotte Yates, and multi-instrumentalist and sound designer Gil Eva Craig, for a pre-Berlin bash in Paekākāriki in September.

Many will remember Charlotte Yates from the iconic 1990s band ‘When the Cat’s Been Spayed’, and her work directing and producing the critically acclaimed poetry-to-music albums 'Baxter', 'Tuwhare' and 'Ihimaera'.

'It was through the Tuwhare project in 2006 that I first worked closely with Hinemoana,' says Charlotte. 'She and the band Waiting for Donald contributed the track 'Where Shall I Wander', which was their musical take on the Hone Tuwhare poem. Since then we've kept in close touch but this will be the first time we have shared a bill since the flood fundraiser concert we did in Paekākāriki in 2003.'

Charlotte and Gil have just completed an extensive North Island tour with Arts on Tour, and worked together on Charlotte's most recent album 'Archipelago', which was produced and arranged by Gil. Charlotte has recorded six albums of her own, studied contemporary music technology and composition in Australia, produced two Melbourne Fringe Arts Festivals, been artist in residence in Christchurch (2002) and was a finalist for the APRA Silver Scroll Award with the song 'Red Letter' from her first album 'Queen Charlotte Sounds'.

An ex-Kāpiti resident currently living in Island Bay, Wellington, poet and singer Hinemoana Baker has been selected by Creative New Zealand to live and write in Berlin for 2016. She leaves for Germany at the end of October this year, but not before celebrating and farewelling in style in the place which was her home for so long, with one of her most long-standing musical mentors.

'I'm excited to be heading to Berlin for the residency, but it's a long time away and I know I'm going to miss this place,' says Hinemoana. 'I'm stoked to be standing alongside Charlotte and Gil to say farewell to Aotearoa for a while.'

Hinemoana photo: Leonardo Carta


Hinemoana has performed her music and poems with sonic settings around New Zealand and internationally with tours, readings and gigs in Australia, the US and Europe.

The event in Paekākāriki will offer a mix of recent releases and much-loved favourites from Charlotte and Gil, as well as songs and poems from Hinemoana's two albums and three poetry collections.


  • "Yates' fine voice and astute pop songwriting are more than ably backed up by her intuitive guitar work." North and South
  • "Had she been born a few decades later, the Kiwi music machine would be all over her talent and hooky semi-acoustic songs like the proverbial rash. Archipelago sees her paired with producer-musician Gil Eva Craig, who adds extra colour and texture to the confident unguarded emotion that is the hallmark of Yates' work." Nick Ward, Stuff
  • "[Hinemoana] has a remarkable voice, velvety and musical, cool and laconic all at once." David Eggleton, New Zealand Listener


Tickets: (if not yet, available any minute now!) 


More info/interviews:    027 672 3527 (Hinemoana)       021 685 561 (Charlotte and Gil)        027 258 4251 (Helen - ticket and gig information)