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What A Year!

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Why has it been sooooo long??? Well surprisingly there was very little time allowed between laundry, yard duty and lock down, not to mention the internet is not at its best behind high walls…. lol, I joke…as it has been a long time since I’ve put pen to paper, but honestly though, it’s been one amazing year and it’s about time I caught you all up, so apologies for being away for so long!!

Since I last wrote, I’ve been involved in some fantastic charity events with our local Whiti Gospel Choir which I put together for the Mercury Bay Music Festival last year. Since the festival, it has really taken off and we have had many opportunities to perform throughout the Bay.

Also, one of the highlights last year was performing in Palmerston North at the Kirihimete Ki Takaro 2016 event in December. Hosted by the Legacy Centre, it was a free event for the community with one of the largest hangi (an indigenous traditional meal cooked in the ground) given out I’ve ever seen. I think approximately 1000 plates were served up… amazing! Hosted by Sio Vaelua & MC Nat Lover, the crowds were entertained by talent such as Pacifica Pride, Josiah Nolan, Lockdown 06, DJ Dirty Hairy, MC Nat Lover, Tyra Barker and Tama, with special guests Strike Percussion and the Unified Gospel Choir, which I had the privilege of performing alongside.

Kirihimete Ki Takaro 2016 – Palmerston North

My crew and I, (the amazing Helen Rhind & Bryan Mwaka) then headed down to Wellington for my Prime Music Academy’s end of year concert. We managed to pull off an awesome event even though quite a few of the staff (including myself) and some of the students suddenly came down with a very fast acting stomach bug right on the night… haha…. we laugh now, but at the time it was… “the show must go on”, in between copious visits to the bathroom, lying on the floor backstage and downing ginger beer as fast as we could to help settle everything. We survived and still managed to pull it all off thankfully :0)

Prime Music Academy End of Year Concert – My amazing teachers

The start of summer in January this year, saw me and “my crew” performing some of my own material at the Mercury Bay Summer Festival. I also got to showcase a couple of new songs I’ve been working on which was exciting to do for the first time. Since then I have been working with my Producer Ron Thaler in getting these songs recorded and ready for release…. So, watch this space… a couple of singles coming your way real soon!

Me and my “crew” performing at the Mercury Summer Festival

Great turnout at Whiti Summer Festival

We had another awesome Mercury Music Festival on Queens Birthday Weekend where I performed at the Whitianga Hotel with the incredible Louie Shelton Band backing me. Anita Prime Performance That weekend was topped off with the best production to date (maybe slightly bias there haha), performed by the Whiti Gospel Choir. Two Tongan youth groups also joined us in showcasing great History Makers to song, dance and audio-visual effects. Despite a town wide power cut just 3 minutes prior to the show kicking off, it was an incredible performance. This was mainly thanks to Whitianga Hire across the road, who just happened to be on site (given it was a Sunday afternoon), and offered us a generator for free. We also happened to have 4 electricians ready to watch the show chip in and they got it all set up in no time. Such generosity and community spirit!!! In conjunction with promoting the festival, the Whiti Gospel Choir and myself also got to perform for TV1’s Live Breakfast show, which was a first for most of them to be on television.

Whiti Gospel Choir – Mercury Music Festival Queens Birthday Weekend

Performing with the Whiti Gospel Choir – Mercury Music Festival

Early start for the Whiti Gospel Choir (TV1 Good Morning Breakfast show)

The film crew – TV1 Good Morning Breakfast show

Performing in the Bay over the time I’ve been living here has brought about some fantastic opportunities to work with local musicians/artists also. Recently I’ve found myself teeing up with the Mercury Bay Big Band run by Helen Lee and several performances have ensued…. Recently we performed together at a charity event fundraiser that ran over two nights. They are such delight to work with and how blessed am I because I actually get to have so much fun while I work!!! (especially with that crazy drummer girl… who is she again?) Haha…

Performing with the Mercury Bay Big Band

We’re nearly there folks…. I will endeavour not to ever leave it this long between blog entries again lol, (if for no other reason than I need to look after my PA’s smoking hot fingers… she’s missing her dictation app right about now…haha).

Ok so let’s wrap this up…. What’s coming up you ask? Apart from a few smaller shows, end of year performances and the usual Christmas events over the next couple of months, summer is just around the corner YAY!!!, and I’m looking forward to performing next at the Mercury Bay Summer Festival in Whitianga, January 08 2018. I’ll be singing my new singles so it will be awesome to see my fans there. In the meantime, take care and we will chat again soon.

Lots of Love to you all,

Anita x

New Year New Challenges

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

As we now have welcomed in 2016 I have had an opportunity to look back on what was a challenging exciting and a full year in 2015. There were so many highlights for me both business wise and personally.

My top moments for performance’s have to be the singing of the national anthem at our ANZAC day service back in April and then being asked to perform on Sky Sports for the NBL Basketball final’s. That was an outstanding night in the year and possibly the only time in, my life I will get to have a Gorilla as a dance partner while I sing on television.

I have also performed numerous times in my home town of Palmerston North which has been a great opportunity to catch up with friends and family.

So the more I look back on 2015 I do so with a smile of contentment as I know that I have enjoyed every opportunity to perform and entertain and I have taken my love of music and performing to a lot of people and we have shared some amazing moments.

On a personal note 2016 has heralded a new start for my family and I. After 9 years of working and living in Upper Hutt I have decided to relocate north to the beautiful Whitianga, this is a place that I love dearly and it gives me an opportunity to be closer to my parents who moved here last year.  It will also give me the chance to write new material and to perform to new audience’s.

So this year is one of change and challenge and one that I cannot wait to get stuck into. Already my calendar is filling up with exciting opportunities. My manager and I have set some new goals for me to work towards and that includes new material for my next album as well as performing in some new territories that we are currently exploring.

I look forward to sharing with all of my friends my new ventures, challenges and triumphs as the year progresses. So now I would like to wish every one of you my sincere blessing and best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2016 for you and you families. Be safe in everything you do and take peace from the love that we share. God bless 🙂

Yours always,


Introducing Mr. Graeme!!

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Thankfully the week started off without too much movement or disruption to our lives unlike last week. Spent the weekend in my hometown in Palmerston North finish off the filming of new video. Thanks so much to everyone who was there to help me and especially George who made the video happen. Can’t wait to show you all the finished result!

No shows this weekend… so time to have my head buried in my studio recording and writing… yey!

Spending this morning planning my next trip to the States and looking at going in October…more on that later.

Recently I have been working with a new manager, Graeme Hardie. We met at a show, he loved my performance and music and offered to manage me on the spot….what are the chances aye?!  Timing was perfect! He is amazing and I’m so glad and privileged to have this opportunity to work with him!….so far it’s been an exciting journey now very much looking forward to what the rest of the year holds!

Have a great week everyone, stay safe,
Love Anita

Back Over The Water…

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Man I have been judging quite a few talent shows lately…have got the world karaoke championship competition coming up that I have been asked to be a judge at …winner goes to Finland … not a bad prize aye?! Had fun singing for 800 boys at St. Pat’s last week … you guys were impressive … and by the way, thank you for the invitations to your school prom…very thoughtful 🙂
So now I’m back overseas…in Victoria Canada and heading to Vancouver later tonight.  I’ve been working on some new material and very much looking forward to getting it out.  Was very privileged and honored to work with Michael Jackson’s former bass player Rick May, along with Matt Gibbs from Electric City Studios (such a fantastic place to record, what a vibe !) and of course the legend, producer/drummer/blondie boy extraordinaire Ron Thaler.
From Vancouver I head to New York for more collabs and new projects … Sweet !  … looking forward to getting behind the wheel and driving there too, even if these people drive on the wrong side of the road!  lol … will keep you all posted about the trip… !
‘Till soon my peeps !  Hope you guys are all well !

Anita xx

Christchurch Tribute… and Courageous Courtney

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Well this diary entry is done with a lot of sadness and a heart full of love and admiration for all my friends and family who have had to endure the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand…

I live in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand…and it is known that we live over a fault line and could experience an earthquake at any time…but apparently Christchurch never knew they had one before all these quakes started.

My sister who just returned to NZ after several years overseas settled in Christchurch with her husband just a week before the disaster struck.  Along with my other family members there, they endured a 6.3 earthquake on February 22.  Today the death toll has risen to 163 and search and rescue teams are still tirelessly working to help find loved ones.

When the earthquake hit my cousin Courtney, 17, was all alone.  She tried texting and phoning her family but phone lines were not working…in a desperate attempt to find someone, she thought she’d try and make her way to her dad’s work.  She walked miles through aftershocks, debris, and desperate people everywhere until she got to the CDB of Christchurch.  When she got there she found her dad helping people.  He was working furiously to save peoples lives, he’s a doctor.  Courtney stayed and helped her dad…holding on to people that were dying and telling them “just stay with me” every time they were falling asleep.  The room started to full up with more and more dead bodies, and she continued to be a champion for Christchurch…being there for people in their last moments.

Many people, like Courtney, stayed in dangerous places to help others… know that we are right behind you, from here, from afar, know that you are not alone.  We love you and will do everything we can to support you through this hard time.

Along with other Volunteer organisations the Salvation Army has been working day and night, providing food, shelter and support for the victims of the Christchurch quake.  If you would like to donate to help them continue their very noble efforts, the details are in the web link below.

Stay strong in faith and love…

Love and respect,

Anita xx

Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Let me start by wishing you all a very Happy New Year!!  I hope your 2011 is crammed with optimism, enthusiasm, opportunity, loving resolutions, and promises fulfilled!

A quote from John Wayne:

“Tomorrow …Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

When I sit back and look at 2010 I am very humbled and grateful for all the blessings that came my way.  A special thank you to Pat and Bella, Ron Thaler, Alice Lingerfelt, Matt Coleman, Tim, Katrina, Birdy, Matt and Narelle, Mel and Jay, John and Kiri, Francis and Char, Richard and Sarai, and my family for believing in me, and encouraging me during both the fantastic and also difficult times in 2010.

It’s a New Year and I’m excited!  …Lots of things happening!  I’m heading off to sing in Paris, London, LA and Victoria Canada this month, and am looking forward to the release of my 2nd single “Destiny” just around the corner.  It’s a new remix with Vince Harder and Blondie Boy (Ron Thaler),  with an amazing up & coming kiwi rapper “Cavell” …it’s going to hit the airwaves along with the new video for the song on January 17, so keep your tv-eyes peeled and radio-ears on !

Thank you to all those who came to the Destiny Live Video Shoot a couple of weeks ago at Galatos Stage in Auckland, NZ.  It was an amazing show with all my dancers…and my wonderful band! Here are a couple of pictures for you to check out from that event…

Also a big thank you to TV3 and Nightline who did a great feature in December on the Destiny album (, the La La La video (, and the live touring show we are preparing to take around the globe.  To all those who haven’t seen it here is the link…

Whether you’re back at work or still on holiday travel safely …and all my best to you and yours for this coming year!!!

All my love,

Anita x

I Gotta Stop Going To The Bakery!

Friday, October 8th, 2010

So guess who couldn’t make it more than 50 feet from one bakery before heading into another?  Somebody definitely forgot to tell me, or rather remind me that French food can really get a grip on ya. Eclaire, baggett, muscells and frites. Its a wonder I ever made it to the showcase at Duc Des Lombards in Paris!  Which by the way was a blast!  Its good to know that the full house understood English, because the only French this girl knows it (say with sexy accent) “Bonjour Paris” and “au est le wc?” (translation; where’s a lady gotta go to find a decent toilet around here!?)…haha

O.k., so it’s back home and straight to the Vodaphone Awards! …but that’s for the next update…

(Not so) Deed Sea Scrolls

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Sand in my toes, tortilla in dry clothes, Big Ben with my stuffy nose, and enough time to know that the Clink is not the go.  So whipping through London, 12 hours in Madrid, and now down the mountain from Masada, this girl is spent…totally! This junket, well Ron (my producer) has really pushed the limits, time zones, people and places.  Each one so different, each one amazing in its own right.

Tel Aviv has so much energy even on the Sabbath.  Now it’s time for me to see if I can float as well in the T.A. surf as I did in the salty Dead Sea near Jerusalem…thankfully here the beaches have break waters, so float or not I’m sure to survive 4 feet of water haha.

Lots of love…next broadcast from the Eiffel Tower 🙂


Bungy Tutorial

Friday, August 27th, 2010

What do you get when you mix two parts Kiwi, one part dangling seat, and one part producer ordering his artist into a gulley?  Answer; BUNGY SWING MADNESS!!

Took a few days with friends and family, to stop and smell the roses, you know what I mean?  We’ve been working so hard and achieved so many great things, I figured what better time than this to catapult myself into the fright of my life!  Man it was awesome!  Check out the video, Shannon and I decided what better way to freak out, than to buddy up.  That first tumble felt like forever…nice warning bungy lady, thanks for that… and Wayne beautiful Fear Factor footage! Ahhhhhhhhh…

So now that my stomach is back in its proper place we head up to Auckland for a major PR event at York Street Studios, and then a junket to the States, Europe, and… you guessed it Israel!…

You’ll be hearing from me soon my friends, photos and peeps galore!

Love you all!


Can you say “the Drive show?”

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Can you say “the Drive show?”  Apparently, my Kiwi Backyard Beats have been finding their way to listeners all across the country fed up with their day of work and going home to their sweeties.  Mai FM (Mor FM), Atiawa Toa FM and many trafficy vehicles have come to embrace La La La, and the requests are pouring in.

Now that ‘GO VIRAL Tour 2010’ has come and gone, my crazy Facebook continues to remind me of how amazing it was.  So many new friends, so many new fans, so many great priceless anecdotes;

…  “Anita autographed my arm at the Show;  I wanted to post it onTrade me (FYI New Zealands buy and sell Magazine), but my mum wouldn’t let me…”

… “We can’t stop singing ‘La La La’ in Math Class, so now the teachers banded it…”

…   “Maidstone will never be the same…”

7 shows, in Auckland and Wellington, they were so awesome!  Thanks so much to Paddi, Matt, Lea, Hyde, Glenn, Cory,  Ron, and all those at Dio, Papatoetoe, Taita, Maidsone, St. Joes, Naenae, Kapiti and to those who helped organise and bring so many, I will never forget you!

‘La La La’ yeeeaahhh!!!

Love you all, catch you soon! J