Big Aroha, Big Love Press Release
This song speaks of togetherness, unity, community and love with a positive hope for the future. Since the single release , which has gone viral, the reaction has been humbling for us and seems to have especially resonated with Kiwis living overseas, where we are even more aware of what it means to be from NZ. We acknowledge in this song that māori culture resonates deeply within our collective consciousness and soul. Māori culture is very spiritual, a simple example of this can be found if you ask any Kiwi how we feel during an All Black haka. The use of te reo māori in the song continues to combine the best of our country bringing people of Aotearoa together.
An extension of manaakitanga is the concept of aroha (love, in its widest sense). Aroha means love, respect, hospitality, and the abundance of giving in the unconditional way for people to connect with one another.
Tikanga are the customs and traditions that have been handed down from generation to generation through the passages of time.
Manaakitanga means to “care for a person’s mana” (well-being, in a holistic sense). On a marae, it is often claimed that it is not what is said that matters but how people are looked after. This is the essence of manaakitanga. When we tap into our mãori culture which is unique to the world, it helps bring us closer together and gives us a true sense of identity as a nation.
Nõ rēira, he waka eke noa.
“Therefore, a canoe which we are all in together with no exception” This meaningful maori proverb beautifully describes a vision of what the future of Aotearoa can be…built on the foundation of Big Aroha.
DEC 08 – AUCKLAND – WINE CELLAR
DEC 09 – MT MAUNGANUI – MT MELLICK
DEC 10 – GISBORNE – THE DOME
DEC 14 – WELLINGTON – SAN FRAN
DEC 16 – APITI – APITI TAVERN
DEC 17 – OAKURA – BUTLERS REEF
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