Teremoana Rapley

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Teremoana Rapley
Born 1973 (age 40–41)
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Origin Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Genres Hip hop, pop, soul, roots
Occupations Singer, MC, songwriter
Years active 1987–present
Labels Southside Records, BMG, Quabax Wax
Associated acts Upper Hutt Posse, Moana and the Moahunters, King Kapisi
Website teremoana.com

Teremoana Rapley (born 1973) is a New Zealand singer, MC and television presenter, best known for her work in the 1990s with Upper Hutt Posse and Moana and the Moahunters. Teremoana describes herself as having "voluntarily pulled out of mainstream media with her music after realising that the industry is based on looks and not artistry."[1]


Teremoana joined hip hop group Upper Hutt Posse in 1987, aged 14. She sang on the group's early tracks, including "Stormy Weather" and "Ragga Girl" and featured on the group's 1989 album Against the Flow.[2]

In 1989 Teremoana joined Moana Maniapoto's hip hop and pop trio Moana and the Moahunters. The group released two albums, Tahi and Rua and had chart success with many singles, including "Black Pearl", "A.E.I.O.U." and "Peace, Love & Family".[3] Teremoana's work with Moana and the Moahunters saw her awarded Most Promising Female Vocalist at the 1992 New Zealand Music Awards.[4]

In the 1990s Teremoana also provided guest vocals on tracks from other artists, including "Sitting by the Telephone" by Unitone Hi Fi, "Body Rhymes (Protect Yourself)" by MC OJ and Rhythm Slave, "Horified One" by Dam Native and "In Summer" by David Parker.[5]

In 1995 Teremoana turned her attentions to a solo career, releasing the singles "Beautiful People" and a cover of the Nina Simone song "Four Women", and was awarded Best Female Vocalist at the 1996 New Zealand Music Awards.[6]

Teremoana is married to Bill Urale, who performs as King Kapisi. She has featured on his singles "Saboteur" and "Lollipop".[5] Teremoana and King Kapisi also run The Plantation Store, which includes their Overstayer clothing range produced by the couple and their four children.[7]

Teremoana is also known for her television presenting work. In 1995 she joined long-running New Zealand children's television show What Now as a field reporter. From 1995 to 2001, Teremoana was a presenter on the TV2's Maori youth magazine programme Mai Time.[8]



With Upper Hutt Posse[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Upper Hutt Posse.
  • Against The Flow (1989) Southside Records

With Moana and the Moahunters[edit]

For a more comprehensive list, see Moana and the Moahunters.
  • Tahi (1993) Southside Records


Year Title Performing with Peak chart positions Album
1992 "Homegirl" Riot Riddum Sound System Deepgrooves
1992 "Body Rhymes (Protect Yourself)" MC OJ & Rhythm Slave What Can We Say?
1992 "In Summer I Fall" David Parker 35[9] Release
1993 "Sitting by the Phone" Unitone Hifi Non-album single
1995 "Beautiful People" N/A Non-album single
1995 "Four Women" N/A Non-album single
1995 "Horified One" Dam Native Kaupapa Driven Rhymes Uplifted
1996 "Love Has No Name" Babble Ether
2001 "Saboteur" King Kapisi Savage Thoughts
2001 "U Say" Del Rey System Del Rey System
2003 "Life" (with Submariner and Mark de Clive Lowe) N/A Non-album single
2006 "Lollipop" King Kapisi Dominant Species
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Recipient Award Result
1989 Upper Hutt Posse 1989 New Zealand Music Awards - Most Promising Group Nominated [10]
1992 Teremoana Rapley (Moana and the Moahunters) 1992 New Zealand Music Awards - Most Promising Female Vocalist Won [4]
1996 "Give it Up Now" (Moana and the Moahunters) 1996 New Zealand Music Awards - Best Mana Maori Album Nominated [6]
1996 "Akona Te Reo '95" (Moana and the Moahunters) 1996 New Zealand Music Awards - Best Mana Reo Album Nominated [6]
1996 Teremoana Rapley 1996 New Zealand Music Awards - Best Female Vocalist Won [6]


  1. ^ "About Teremoana Rapley". Facebook. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  2. ^ McLennan, Peter. "Teremoana Rapley". Dub Dot Dash. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Moana and the Moahunters discography". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "1992 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Biography". Teremoana Rapley. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d "1996 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "About Us". The Plantation Store. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mai Time". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "David Parker". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "1989 Winners". NZ Music Awards. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 

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