Māori voices of Moana and Māui have been announced for Te Reo dub of Disney's Moana

What's Fresh 26/06/2017

Earlier in the month, Taika Waititi announced on his social media that he was on the hunt for some Maori voices to redub Disney's iconic Moana film into a Te Reo version.

And Maori Television have dropped the news on their website, speaking exclusively to the newly cast voices of Moana & Maui.

"Taupiri is the mountain, Waikato is the river, Tainui is the Iwi, Tainui is the canoe, Ngāti Whaoa and Ngāti Whawhākia are my subtribes, Waitī is the Marae," says 16 year old Jaedyn Randell from Tokoroa, and the new Maori Moana.

During her first interview since her successful casting as the Māori voice of Moana, Randell told Te Kāea, "I'm very excited to be working with Rob and Rach, I've grown up watching them listening to them so I'm so excited to work with them."

This film is to be the first Disney Film to be translated into Te Reo Māori.

Randell says, "I saw it on Facebook and me and my mum talked about it and we were like oh well you never know until you try so we just gave it in and yeah here I am."

According to Music Director Rob Ruha, her voice shows a strong resemblance to that of Auli'i Cravalho, the voice of Moana in the original Disney movie. Ruha says, "Our girl is good."

The voice of Maui has been cast as Maori Television's own Te Kāea anchor, Piripi Taylor. 

Piripi told Te Kāea, “My daughters love this movie Moana. They encouraged me to send in an audition so I did that because of them.”

According to Maori Television, the film's release is expected to coincide with this year's Māori language week which is to be held from 11-17 September.