//094 Dame Hinewehi Mohi, champion of waiata Māori

November 8, 2021

Dame Hinewehi Mohi (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe) has been iconic in the development of puoro Māori for the past 30 years. 

In 1999, she released her Oceania album and made history singing the national anthem in te reo Māori. Today, she is championing a bilingual music industry for Aotearoa. 

In this episode we talk about her passion for te reo Māori, she shares the story of Raukatauri Music Therapy Centres inspired by her daughter, Hineraukatauri. And, she tells us about her dream to see Aotearoa musicians record in both languages. 

I had the idea to translate other artists’ hit songs into Māori. For many, it was a life-changing experience, an epiphany, to reconnect with their language and culture.

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