I recently released my new music video for ‘Te Heke’ from my forthcoming album From Dust to Light. The video was created by the amazingly talented video artist Louise Potiki Bryant.  I loved working on the video for ‘Te Heke’, particularly the experience of holding the taonga made by my tipuna that we borrowed from the Canterbury Museum. Also seeing my whanau in the video emphasises the importance of whakapapa which is at the essence of the song’s kaupapa. Read more

Louise and I worked together previously on the video from the title track of my last album ‘Tuia’, which won the Best Music Video award at the 2009 imagiNATIVE film + video awards in Canada. Louise has also created visuals for my live shows with funding support from the Ngai Tahu fund.

The song is about whakapapa and our responsibilities to it. Whakapapa defines the connection between all things. This song particularly celebrates the lines of descent. The rope represents the lines of descent of whakapapa. So it is a connection between different generations. It was made by our Great-Grandmother Amiria Puhirere from Onuku who was a talented weaver. It was possibly the first time held by a family member as had been locked away in the museum for a very long time. It felt quite amazing holding it and moving with it, it was like it had a life of its own! I co-wrote ‘Te Heke’ for a film soundtrack for the documentary “The Unnatural History of the Kakapo”.

Ariana Tikao (vocals, taoka puoro), Leyton (electronic instrumentation), Yoomia Sim (violin). The video was made by the hugely talented Louise Potiki Bryant, filmed at Onuku marae. Co-starring my Dad, George Waitai Tikao, Nathan Tikao, Matahana Tikao Calman and Tama-te-ra Tikao Calman and taoka from the Canterbury Museum (thanks to Roger Fyfe), a beautiful historic map from the Christchurch City Libraries: Maori Place Names of Banks Peninsula, 1894.

Here’s the video: