The Maori text for this Christmas season choral work is drawn from the Gospel of Luke (Ch.2. verses 10,14) and also Isaiah Ch. 9. verse 6). It was originally commissioned by Ros Emeleus for the Chilton St James Choir ( S. A.A ) with funding provided by the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council (now Creative New Zealand). The work was revised for SATB choir in 1997.