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Moana and the Moahunters, Music Video, 1994

The title track from Moana and the Moahunters’ gold-selling first album celebrates wahine and Māori cultural pride, via what singer Moana Maniapoto called “haka house music”. The fusion of traditional Māori sounds with contemporary grooves got to number nine in the charts. It was co-written with Andrew McNaughton and features vocalist Hareruia Aperahama (‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf’). Kerry Brown's video cuts the group singing together with kapa haka (the acclaimed Te Waka Huia) and whānau playing. Brown also directed the video for the group’s groundbreaking ‘AEIOU’.

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Fatally Cool

Maree Sheehan, Music Video, 1995

The moody black and white video for this R’n’B track features performances by kapa haka group Te Ao Hurihanga, alongside Maree Sheehan herself. The clip was shot on One Tree Hill in 1995, while it still had its famous tree.

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Best of Me

Ria Hall, Music Video, 2012

On this song from her debut EP, bilingual Wellington singer/songwriter Ria Hall marries her respect for tradition and her use of te reo and kapa haka to the very contemporary beats of producer Riki Gooch (Eru Dangerspiel, Trinity Roots). This mix of old and new is echoed in director Jessica Sanderson's video. It casts Hall as four characters drawn from mythology to ward off the evil of Babylon and is set against a strikingly modern dreamscape of video effects, imagery and lighting. It won Best Video by a Māori Artist at the 2012 Māori Music Awards.

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Kia Tu Mahea (To Be Free)

Maree Sheehan, Music Video, 1994

This Maree Sheehan track blends R'n'B, hip-hop and Māori instrumentation and language. The acclaimed kapa haka group Waka Huia sing on the track and perform in the video.