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...we packed the music video full of wāhine Māori of all ages, shapes and sizes. Eight months pregnant with my son Kimiora Hikurangi, I was all shapes and sizes myself. The video was a deliberate celebration that, against all odds, Māori women are still here. When you don't hear your language on the radio or see yourselves on television, it's easy to get the impression you don't count.
– Moana Maniapoto on shooting the video for Black Pearl, Canvas (The NZ Herald), 15 September 2018
'Black Pearl' took off, up the charts. Strangers would rock up with a hug and say, 'Thank you for making me feel proud to be a Māori woman', then disappear, leaving me teary.
– Moana Maniapoto in Canvas (The NZ Herald), 15 September 2018