Keani Taruia-Pora


Growing up in the suburbs of South Auckland, Keani began singing at a very young age, taking part in many cultural singing customs and admiring the voices of role models in her family and community.  Keani’s cultural background has played an important part in her musical upbringing.  Being of Cook Island descent, her cultural views and passion around Pasifika music has paved the start of her musical journey.  Keani is now a graduate of the University of Auckland with her Bachelor of Music (Hons) majoring in Classical voice and minoring in Conducting.  Keani is a practicing musician, currently singing with the Auckland Chamber Choir, New Zealand Youth Choir and NZ Opera Chorus as well as being an alumni of the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir and Auckland Youth Choir.  When Keani is not singing herself, she is working as a singing teacher, choral director, and vocal coach for various schools and community choirs around Auckland. 

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