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The uplifting promotional clip is as famous as the song, which in 2010 re-entered the charts courtesy of the film Boy. Accompanied by Jo the breakdancing guide for a tour of Patea and surrounds, the Patea Maori Club is captured "just doing their thing" by director Paul Carvell. Bopping and twirling like piwakawaka: at the local marae, in Manners Mall, and on Patea’s main street where milk tankers, sheep trucks and the impresario himself — Dalvanius doing a pūkana out a car window — pass by in front of the Aotea canoe remembrance arch. Legend.

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Such a cool cool song. love it.

 Niel Lombard

Niel Lombard

I absolutely love that song,would like to get a copy of the Poi E performance at the NZ Sevens.

 M Owens

M Owens

Brought tears to my eyes now that I'm no longer living in NZ.... and I'm not Maori or had much to do with Maori culture.

 R Thomas

R Thomas

Absolute classic....if you are a Kiwi and this doesn't bring a smile to your face nothing will!!

 Alasdair Wright

Alasdair Wright

Still one of my favourites!

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 Warrick  'Waka' Attewell
 Paul Carvell
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I probably heard about it long before I heard it. But when I did I was hooked. Seeing Māori on TV was pretty rare so it wasn't until I saw the music video that I realised how huge and amazing it was. It's the quintessential New Zealand song ... 
It lifted the whole community out of the [post-freezing works closure] doldrums. It just gave pride back to a lot of us and we felt we were someone again rather than nobody - and that our town was something rather than nothing. 


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