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OriginSouth Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
GenresR&B, funk, Polynesian music, psychedelic folk
Years active1979–present
LabelsPolyFonk Productions
MembersRyan Monga
Rico Tali
Kaitapu Monga
Phil Crown
Ardijah (LTR): Michael Hansen, Rico Tali, Betty-Anne Monga, Ryan Monga, Jesse Monga, (Ryan) Kaitapu Monga

Ardijah is a music group from Auckland, New Zealand that formed in 1979.


Ardijah formed in 1979 and spent the early part of the eighties playing the Auckland pub and club scene honing their skills as a covers band. They released their first single in 1986, Give Me Your Number which was followed in 1987 with Your Love Is Blind. This was Ardijah's introduction into the music industry where in New Zealand, their popularity was well received.

1987 Ardijah was able to record their debut self-titled album after winning the Rheineck Rock Award ($30,000 towards recording cost) which was released by WEA. From this album came the singles "That's the Way/Give Me Time" and "Time Makes A Wine/Jammin'". The style of the band's sound was funk rock/reggae, which was to change the music climate of the New Zealand music industry[citation needed], launching the band's profile as one of New Zealand's 1st R&B acts.

A re-vamp of the 1st album came out in late 1988 titled Take a Chance. From this came the singles Watchin' U/Which Way Is Up. Take a Chance held a Top 20 position on the sales charts for four months and achieved platinum status in New Zealand.

In 1990, Betty-Anne (lead singer) and Ryan Monga (producer, musical director & bass) along with the band moved to Sydney, taking their sound throughout the pubs and clubs of Australia.

In 1995, after an extensive touring schedule and some worldwide success with their song titled Gimme Time on the hit New Zealand movie Once were Warriors, the band returned to New Zealand.

In 1997 Ardijah released their second album titled "Influence" on their own label PolyFonk Productions and was distributed in N.Z. on the Metro Marketing label. This was the band's small taste of independence.

1998 was the release of Ardijah's cover version of the Bee Gees song Love so Right which was voted the most played song on New Zealand radio that year[citation needed]. The sound was a mix of R&B and reggae which opened the flood gates for that style in New Zealand[citation needed]. It also secured a meeting for the band with the Bee Gees themselves.

In 1999 Warner Music NZ released Ardijah's third album Time' in November. Betty-Anne went on to win Top Female Vocalist at the 1999 New Zealand Music Awards.

In 2004, Ardijah released their fourth album, Journey, on their independent label PolyFonk. The album went on to win the award for best album at the Pacific Awards in New Zealand.

Ryan Monga wins Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pacific Music Awards 2010


Ardijah call their unique style poly fonk and refers to their blending of Polynesian sounds such as Polynesian log drums and ukuleles with funk and R&B.

Band members[edit]

Ardijah (LTR): Michael Hansen, Rico Tali, Betty-Anne Monga, Ryan Monga, Jesse Monga, (Ryan) Kaitapu Monga
  • Betty-Anne Monga (vocals, ukulele & percussion)
  • Ryan Monga (producer, musical director, drums, bass & vocals)
  • Rico Tali (alto saxophone, flute, ukulele, guitar & vocals)
  • Ryan "Kaitapu" Monga Jr (bass, drums & vocals)
  • Phil Crown (keyboards & vocals)
  • Karl Benton (keyboards)
  • Kolo Hansen (keyboards)

Former members

  • Jay Dee (guitar & vocals)
  • Richie Campbell (drums)
  • James Tuiara (lead vocals & percussion)
  • Paul Drury (keyboards)
  • Teina Benioni (guitar)
  • Tony Nogotautama (vocals & guitar)
  • Anthony Grey (keyboards & vocals)
  • Adrian Grey (bass)
  • Peter Hoera (bass)
  • Brinnie Nepia (bass)
  • Simon Lynch (keyboards)
  • Daniel Waho (sax & vocals)
  • Barbara Griffen (keyboards & vocals)
  • Neville Schwabe (saxophone, flute, trumpet & electric wind instrument)
  • Paul Norman (trumpet)
  • Brent Turner (keyboards & sax)
  • Anita Schwabe (keyboards)
  • Trevor Collings (guitar)
  • Louise Hughs (guitar)
  • Kelly Kahukiwa (sax)
  • Eddie Manukau (guitar)
  • Glen Muirhead (keyboards)
  • Tim Gaze (guitar)
  • Chris Kamzelas (guitar)
  • Nicholas McBride (drums)
  • Dimitri Vouros (saxophone)
  • John Carson (drums)
  • Heba Ngati (percussion)
  • Rick Robertson (saxophone)
  • Saylene Ulberg (keyboards and vocals)
  • Robert Wylde (keyboards)
  • Mark Steven (keyboards)



Year Title Details Peak chart
1987 Ardijah
  • Label: Warner Music New Zealand
1988 Take a Chance
  • Label: Warner Music New Zealand
  • Catalogue: PFPCD003
1996 Influence
  • Label: Poly Fonk productions
  • Catalogue:
1999 Time
  • Label: Warner Music New Zealand
  • Catalogue: PFPCD004
  • NZ: Platinum[2]
2004 Journey (Aere'anga)
  • Label: Poly Fonk Productions
  • Catalogue: PFPCD002
2010 The Best Polyfonk
  • Label: Poly Fonk Productions
  • Catalogue: PFPCD008
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
1986 "Give Me Your Number" 15 Take A Chance
"Your Love Is Blind" 14 The Best Polyfonk
1987 "That's the Way" 32 Take A Chance
"Gimme Time"
"Time Makes A Wine" 41
1988 "Watchin' U" 3
  • NZ: Gold
1989 "Which Way Is Up"
"Take Me" / "Thru The Time Door" 12 Influence
1996 "Bad Buzz"
1996 "Oh! Baby" Time
1999 "Love So Right"
"Silly Love Songs" 1
"Do 2 You" 7
"Way Around You"
2003 "Moonlighting" Journey (Aere'anga)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. ^ a b "ARDIJAH IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Gold and platinum New Zealand albums to 2013". Te Ara. Encyclopedia of NZ. Retrieved 19 July 2015.

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