Bic Runga (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine) recorded 'Haere Mai Rā' /'Sway' in te reo Māori for 2019 compilation album Waiata/ Anthems. She returned for the 2021 docuseries of the same name. Runga focusses on "nailing" her song 'There is No Time'/'Kāore He Wā' and continuing her cultural journey. As a Chinese/Māori New Zealander Runga experienced racism firsthand, and faced a backlash when her views on racism in New Zealand hit the headlines in 2004. Runga delivers her "melancholic"' waiata, with a backup band that includes partner (and ex-Mint Chick) Kody Nielsen on drums.
Why was I made to feel like being Māori wasn't a good thing? It's odd.– Bic Runga on growing up in Christchurch in the 1980s as a Māori/Chinese New Zealander
Made with the support of Te Māngai Pāho