In the wake of a busy Matariki season, which saw Toni Huata performing new works throughout Aotearoa. Toni in celebration August’s Māori Music Month, will be performing this weekend as part of ‘New World’, at ‘Aotearoa’s Most Talented’ on 16th, Te Mata Peak on 18th, ‘Te Reo Ki Tua’ on 23/24th and is very happy to announce the release of her new video ‘WAIORA” from her upcoming album ‘Te Rerenga – The Journey’ due for release during Maori Language Week 10-16 September 2018.
‘This song is my acknowledgement to our waters, the rejuvenation within our bodies and with the environment. ‘WAIORA’ refers to life water and is also one of identity. Our bodies are made up of mostly water so it is not surprising that we are affected heavily by the lack of water within our environment and ourselves. I truly identify with fresh water or waimāori and my river that influenced me growing up being Te Wairoa Hopupu Honengenenge Matangirau in Wairoa, which is also our reflective, spiritual waters – wairua. This song is one for inner and outer hauora and certainly one of refection” Toni Huata
This stunning video by Motion Valley, features Oribe Maipi, in search of her truth and being drawn to what rejuvenates her and in the end what replenishes the land. It debuted exclusively at the Wairoa Film Festival in June and featured in the Māori Film Week in July.