TE RERENGA - Toni Huata
Tihē mauri ora
Live, let live the essence of life
Te Okanga mauri ora ki te rangiI
pierce into the heavenly realms
Te Okanga mauri ora ki te whenua
I pierce into the earthly regions
Unumia te waka o Tīrari
Drink from the vessel that has ranged far
Unumia te waka o Tīrara
Drink from the vessel that has ranged wide
Unumia te waka o Rongokako
Drink from the vessel of Rongokako
Unumia te waka o Tamatea-mai-i-tawhiti
Drink from the vessel of Tamatea mai i tawhiti
Unumia te waka o Tākitimu e
Drink from the vessel Tākitimu
Whano, whano! Haramai te toki! Haumi-ē, Hui-ē... Tāiki-ē!
Go, proceed! Let the axe fall!We are now joined together...United!
‘Te Rerenga’ is about a journey. The journey of our ancestors travelling from Hawaiki to Aotearoa in ‘Te Rerenga o Tākitimu’; to journeys of family, relationships, friendship and reconnection; to reflection, love, identity and homeland; to my own personal health journey over the past 2 years. ‘Te Rerenga’ is a full array of genres from dub, ambient, world, dance, classical to soul. All the songs have their own story and it was particularly special to finally include ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’; our Turakina version to the late Hone Tuwhare poem ‘Rain’ and a new collaboration with Gareth Farr in ‘Ka Tukua Koe – I Release You’. We hope to inspire and rejuvenate through sharing these stories in the journey of ‘Te Rerenga’.