The song “Tamahana”, written by Te Vaka‘s Opetaia Foai and Malcolm Smith has won the ” International” category in the 28th Australian Songwriting Association Awards. The Australian Songwriting Contest is highly respected and extremely prestigious and is the longest running songwriting competition in Australia. The National Awards Night held in Sydney on the 28th of August was a memorable event.
The winners of the 12 songwriting categories performed their winning songs to a sold out venue of top music industry personnel and Australian celebrities. Te Vaka‘s performance of “Tamahana” on the night also won the group the PPCA “Best live Performance of the night” Award presented by Mondo Rock Bass player Paul Christie.