In 2010 Annie Crummer released 'Ocean Moon', her Cook Island-inspired love song between the sea and moon. With the help of te reo consultant Pānia Papa, she released this 2021 version. The song uses both te reo Māori and her mother tongue, Cook Islands Māori. 'Hine Ki Tai' is part of the kaupapa led by producers Hinewehi Mohi and Julia Parnell, celebrating te reo Māori through their web series Waiata/Anthems. While working on the new translation, Crummer revealed her lifelong struggle with dyslexia. She closed her episode with this assured performance, delivering a unique Pasifika love story.
In my original version of 'Ocean Moon', I did sing a Cook Island verse in there, so this version of 'Hina Ki Tai', it's kind of bilingual because we've got te reo Māori and the Cook Island Māori in there as well.– Singer Annie Crummer on the 2021 version of her song 'Ocean Moon', Te Ao Māori News website, 6 May 2021
Made with the support of Te Māngai Pāho