Te Huaki Puanaki Does It Again
Christchurch’s Prolific Maori Songwriter And Recording Artist Te Huaki Puanaki Does It Again
Three songs of commemoration and celebration of the human spirit are to be released by Te Huaki Puanaki on the weekend of 3 – 4 September, 4th September being the anniversary of that fateful day one year ago, a date imprinted in the minds of all Cantabrians, the day the first earthquake struck. The Christchurch earthquakes have been a major force for change in our lives and major events like this we must record…Books have been written and movies have been made Te Huaki says and I want to do my bit through my songs.
The first song “Rise up” talks about the pain and devastation that the earthquakes caused but it goes on to celebrate the strength and fortitude of the people of Otautahi-Christchurch.
The second song “Angels of Mercy” takes the opportunity to thank those many ‘Angels’ who came from near and afar to help us, for their constant help and caring as they carried us through the bad times. His final song is in Te Reo Maori(Maori Language) and tells the story of ‘Ruaumoko’ the earthquake god of the Maori.Te Huaki reiterates that apart from his love of music , it is his passion for Reo Maori and its revitalization that continues to drive him to produce songs in Maori.
Music is a universal language, it is a vehicle by which all manner of emotions can be expressed, emotions Te Huaki says he wanted to express through the songs, and, he chuckles, in a language that most will understand. I needed to convey thoughts in a spirit of celebration…celebration that after a year we have pulled through. Despite the pain, despite the trials and tribulations we continue on….and we have so many people to thank for that! Te Huaki would like to invite you to share with him as he celebrates the launch of these songs.
Let us “Rise up” like the Phoenix from the ashes and show our true Canterbrian fighting spirit. Saturday 3rd September Pre – launch Function 7.30pm Sandridge Hotel 30 Huxley Street, Sydenham $10.00 Entry SUNDAY 4th SEPTEMBER : THE LAUNCH Christchurch Museum1.00pm