Maisey Rika is one of Aotearoa’s finest songstress in the business but in 2017 music took a backseat to what was most important to her.

“Ko te kaupapa nui o tēnei tau ko te mahi māmā, ko te mahi māmā, ko te mahi māmā! I whānau mai taku pēpi i te Poutū-te-rangi, nō reira koinā taku tino kaupapa mō te tau.”

The newest edition to the whānau meant music came second to motherhood.

“Ehara i te mea he uaua tērā mahi ki ahau, pai ki ahau te noho ki te kainga me waku tamariki, te mahi māmā, engari ko tētahi o ngā mea uaua i ētahi wā ka āhua ngenge ahau!”

Rika explains the meaning of her waiata for Ngā Tui a Rehua:

“Kei roto tonu i te waiata rā, kei roto i ngā kupu te kaupapa o tērā waiata, nē? He waiata hei whakakao, hei whakapakari i a koe i te tangata, mō tātou katoa, mō te iwi katoa.”

After a well deserved break, it’ll be back to the grind soon with an upcoming overseas tour in 2018.

“Kei te haere ahau mō tētahi hararei paku i te wiki e heke mai nei, engari i taku hokinga mai, kua haere tōtika ahau ki te parakatihi i te mea kei te haere huri rauna mātou ko te rōpū a Aotearoa Finests i Hawai’i.”

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