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Kua Makona

Moana , Music Video – 1987

from the album Tahi (1993)

Sung in te reo, this early solo single by Moana Maniapoto makes an ambitious statement. The song was gifted to Maniapoto by Dalvanius Prime, who also recorded it for the Patea Māori Club.  'Kua Makona' warns of the perils of drunk driving. The lyrics beg one’s beloved ("e te tau"), repeating "kua makona e" — that’s enough, we're done with this. The song ends with cries of exasperation: "auē, taukiri e". A second, slower version amplifies the anti-drink driving message, including scenes at a car crash — plus a cameo by Dalvanius. 'Kua Makona' was used in a campaign by the Alcoholic Liquor Advisory Council.

[Moana Maniapoto] released 'Kua Makona' which had surfed the charts to remind us of the evils of alcohol in the wellbeing of whānau and our personal lives.
– Barrister Annette Sykes, in a speech at the Māori Law Society's annual conference, September 2015

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Black Pearl Productions