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Six Months in a Leaky Boat/Ono Marama Takerehāia

Tim Finn , Music Video – 2022

from the album Waiata Anthems (2022)

'Six Months in a Leaky Boat'  remains one of the most beloved Split Enz songs. The 1982 track evokes both arduous sea journeys bringing European settlers to Aotearoa, and a tough period in composer Tim Finn's personal life. In this video from Waiata Anthems, Finn and four wāhine Māori vocalists reimagine the song in te reo Māori. The tempo is slowed, and new lyrics and female voices create a new wairua (spirit).  Finn collaborated with mātanga reo (language expert) Hana Mereraiha to reinvent his tale of tough passages. Joining him at the mic are Mereaiha, Bella Kalolo, Tuakoi Ohia and Kiratahanga Hona.

That metaphor was both related to the actual experience of the European getting on a horrible, smelly, leaky boat and travelling all this distance, but it also was definitely to do with coming through a hard time...
– Tim Finn is asked to explain the central metaphor of 'Six Months in a Leaky Boat', on his Waitata Anthems episode

Key Cast & Crew

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Hana Mereraiha

Mātanga Reo (Language Consultant)

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Kayne Ngātokowhā Peters


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Evan Howell


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Tim Finn

Subject, Composer

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Jeremy Star


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Julia Parnell

Director, Producer

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