Behind The Lines

Ria Hall and Rob Ruha join forces for Behind The Lines National Tour.

Māori music trailblazers RIA HALL and ROB RUHA pool their artistic might to tour BEHIND THE LINES, their first dual national tour of Aotearoa.

BEHIND THE LINES is an explosive sonic and sensory experience, merging the music from their latest albums RULES OF ENGAGEMENT and SURVIVANCE into a powerful 2hour show.

Both albums were greatly received with Ria Hall’s ‘RULES OF ENGAGEMENT’ topping the New Zealand Music Charts on entry and Rob Ruha’s ‘SURVIVANCE’ going straight to no.1 on iTunes.

BEHIND THE LINES will be presented at ten venues between two significant dates in New Zealand history. The show debuted at the coronation celebrations of King Tūheitia on August 18 and will conclude at Ratana Pa as a part of the 100year celebrations of the Ratana faith on November 8.


Theatre Royal / New Plymouth 18th October Book at Ticketek
Te Papa / Wellington 19th October Book at Eventfinda
Gaiety Theatre / Wairoa 21st October Book at
Spiegeltent / Napier 22nd October Book at
The Piano / Christchurch 2nd November Book at Eventfinda
Q Theatre / Auckland 3rd November Book at
Ratana Pa /Whanganui 8th November Tickets not available



Ria Hall and Rob Ruha will tour with band The Witch Dr., an alliance of the finest musicians Aotearoa has to offer. “This is a group at the top of their game” –

BEHIND THE LINES aims to take audiences deep into the DNA of Ria and Rob’s acclaimed compositions, to expose the powerful messages of nationhood, cultural endurance, spirituality and unity that are synonymous with their artistry.

“We don’t want to present a typical gig style show” explains Ria Hall. “We want people leaving the show feeling emancipated in every way – free from what they knew and emancipated sonically into new spheres of musical presentation.”

Ruha says BEHIND THE LINES will be a unique experience in the modern music scene. “Both Ria and I come from strong haka backgrounds. We are also products of rich and diverse experiences in a contemporary Aotearoa. The show is a fusion of tradition and innovation – at times we will move you to dance, then to tears and then back again!”

The messages in BEHIND THE LINES are for everyone – it’s about unity and nationhood, wanting to move forward together. With the tour framed by these two massive events on the New Zealand calendar, it is set to be a magic, uplifting and a special experience for all

Come Behind the Lines of the stories, to the frontlines of liberation with music that will move you to the beat of a new, self-determined Aotearoa Nation!

*****A simply stunning evening of soulful singing from two of New Zealand’s finest performers*****

Foldback Magazine review, Darwin Arts Festival, 23 August 2018