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Ka whawhai tonu mātou, mō ake ake ake, mō te whenua te iwi me te ora!
– Opening lyrics inspired by a phrase attributed to chief Rewi Maniapoto, who led the resistance to the invasion of the Waikato by government troops in 1864
We are not a band that pulls large audiences, we don't have top ten hits. Our songs I know freak people out. I think I freak a lot of people out when I'm on stage, because my shit is so direct. But I think in this music industry in this country, once you come out as an activist or radical, and your music is hard core, you are known as that.
– Dean Hapeta (Te Kupu) in an interview with Radio New Zealand, 12 July 2015