Ria Hall howls at the moon in preparation for M9 at the Civic Theater and Matariki


Mum, musician and mentor Ria Hall produces the M9 event at the Civic Theater in Auckland on Friday. Photo / Provided

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Singer-songwriter mom Ria Hall feels there aren’t enough hours in a day to do the work she needs.

But, like most single mums, she does her best and her first priority is always her babies, Te Rongotoa, 3, Hikareia, 22 months and Paiātehau, 9 months. Her life is about making sure they get all the love and kindness they deserve.

So Ria, how do you relate to being a mother of three children under 4, a musician and a mentor?

“These are all different pōtae [hats] which I wear all at the same time but separately,” Ria told the NZ Herald.

“My identity is intertwined in all three things, which is cool. Although the main pōtae I wear is as my three babies’ solo māmā: my day is sorting, feeding, changing and taking out my babies.

“In the meantime, I’m doing my best to find time to train at our local BFT gym and study. I’m studying full-time in Waikato, completing the political science branch of my degree. So , time is an abstract theory in my house that I guess I don’t really have time, actually But who does?

This Friday at the Civic Theater in Auckland, Ria is senior producer of M9, hosted by TV presenter Miriama Kamo.

“I was approached by the amazing Janda Productions, who I’ve known for a long time. They gave me this challenge and I never say no to a good challenge. The rest is history,” Ria said.

The list of speakers is a who’s who of wahine toa and includes Anika Moa (Ngāpuhi, Te Aupōuri), Indigenous psychiatrist and research professor Dr Hinemoa Elder (Ngāti Kurī, Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāpuhi), film producer Chelsea Winstanley ( Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi), fashion designer Kiri Nathan (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Maru, Ngāti Hauā), multidisciplinary artist Lisa Reihana (Ngāpuhi, Ngati Hine, Ngaituteauru, Ngāi Tūpoto), founder and CEO ‘s business of Nuku Qiane Matata-Sipu (Te Waiohua ki te Ahiwaru me te Ākitai, Waikato, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Pikiao, Cook Islands), TV presenter, host and educator Stacey Morrison (Te Arawa, Ngāi Tahu), award-winning developer and creator game designer Maru Nihoniho (Te Whānau in Apanui, Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu) and Hine activewear entrepreneur and founder Mīria Flavell (Ngāti Rangiwewehi, Taranaki).

“What an exceptional range that has been brought together. I am very proud of the caliber and class of Wāhine Māori from such a wide range of backgrounds and industries. It is so inspiring, and that is the goal – to inspire people to dream big,” said Ria.

“I hope they walk out of the room with the innate belief that anything and everything is possible.”

Ria will also perform in Matariki in Auckland, Nelson and Wellington.

“But I’m also deep in thought, stimulated by the phases of the moon and how they affect us all. Matariki has resulted in a series of introspections for all of us, which is a beautiful thing,” she said. declared.

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