Review of Toiapiapi in the December/January edition of nzmusician
Toiapiapi’ is a gorgeous package of confirmation, continuation, longing and hope, both musically and culturally.
Songs from Dr Hirini Melbourne-Toiapiapi 25 year anniversary
Te Ahi Kaa — RNZ 30 October 2016
‘A 1991 edition of the Hirini Melbourne’s song book Toiapiapi proved so rare that the publisher of its re-release had to source a copy from the online shopping site, amazon.com.
Relaunch of Toiapiapi, 2016, Te Karere, 7 October, 2016
Reviews of the first edition of Toiapiapi, 1991
‘Hirini Melbourne has gone back to the ancient instruments and allied these with his deep-felt heritage as a Ngai Tuhoe, of the “Children of the Mist” … The sounds of the wind, rain and birds are also the sounds the ancestors heard, and these are also the sounds and evocations of Melbourne’s sung poems.’
– David Simmons, NZ Herald, 29 January 1994
‘Toiapiapi is a joyful product of a decade’s research into taonga puoro by Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns… it’s an essential resource for kohanga, iwi stations and Melbourne’s fans: he’s one of the most prolific and underrated Maori composers alive… Toiapiapi is bound to become part of the standard repertoire.’
– Rangi Chadwick, Evening Post, 10 September 1993