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Making Music - Hinewehi Mohi

Short Film (Full Length) – 2005

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’.

Key Cast & Crew

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Hinewehi Mohi

Subject

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Arthur Baysting

Director, Producer

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Anastassia Smirnova

Editor

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Stephen Jessup

Sound

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Jeff Fulton

Sound

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David Green

Camera