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In today’s increasingly interconnected world where environmental degradation, war profiteering, misogyny, police brutality and white privilege can no longer be denied, I see our being recognised as according also with progressive activism over the last decade – from Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring to Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and protests against that miserable good-for-nothing skirt-chaser in the White House.
– Dean Hapeta, on Upper Hutt Posse being inducted into The NZ Music Hall of Fame, 18 November 2018, Vodafone NZ Music Awards press release
That is my life — radicalism, the fight against oppression, that’s me, that’s all I want to do. People who know me know that’s all I want to talk about, or talk about music. Those are my topics: politics, struggle and music. I’m happy, I’ve found what I want to do...
– Dean Hapeta, on being a musical activist, Te Ao Māori News, November 2018