In this episode from a series for secondary school music students, singer Hinewehi Mohi recalls the controversy that followed her Maori language rendition of 'God Defend New Zealand' at the 1999 Rugby World Cup. She talks of her immersion in music at school and its importance to her following the birth of her daughter with cerebral palsy (and the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre this inspired her to establish). As a songwriter who doesn't play an instrument, she explains the origins of 'Kotahitanga' — her Maori language-meets-dance pop hit with Oceania in 2002.
The sentiment and feeling of the song is one of getting up and getting into it and doing the best you can which is probably good advice for anyone.– Hinewehi Mohi on her Oceania hit ‘Kotahitanga’.
Made with funding from NZ On Air