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I probably heard about it long before I heard it. But when I did I was hooked. Seeing Māori on TV was pretty rare so it wasn't until I saw the music video that I realised how huge and amazing it was. It's the quintessential New Zealand song ...
– Boy director Taika Waititi on seeing Poi E growing up
It lifted the whole community out of the [post-freezing works closure] doldrums. It just gave pride back to a lot of us and we felt we were someone again rather than nobody - and that our town was something rather than nothing.
– John Nyman, Patea Maori Club, NZ Herald 2010