Maree Sheehan

Ngati Maniapoto-Waikato, Ngati Tuwharetoa

Maree Sheehan helped pave the way for women in the New Zealand music industry in the 1990s by breaking the singer-songwriter mould and bringing homegrown dance-pop to the foreground.

Now after a decade-long hiatus, she is poised to step back into the spotlight with a stunning new 10-track album.

The Christchurch born, Auckland-based artist was eight when she took up piano; by 14 she’d written her very first song.

“Mum and her sisters had a trio and they used to play little gigs. So there was lots of singing in my childhood. You know, the classic guitar-party scenario. I was brought up with all those old sing-a-long songs.”

By the early 1990s it was clear Sheehan had something special to offer and with the backing of a major label, she released a string of singles – among them the Top 20 hits:

Past to the Present (

Fatally Cool  (

Kia Tu Mahea (, which featured on the soundtrack and on the international release of the iconic Kiwi film Once Were Warriors.

Nominated Most promising vocalist NZ Music Awards 1993

 Nominated best Maori Song NZ Music Awards 1996

Awarded the ‘Whangai award’ for services to supporting youth music MAITIME 2000

Mentor to Nesian Mystic winning the Smokefree Auckland regionals 2000

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