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Te Huaki Puanaki releasing songs to commemorate quakes

A year has passed since Christchurch – Canterbury was first struck by a devastating earthquake on that fateful morning of Sunday 4th September 2010 at 4.35am

An earthquake which was the start of a series of earthquakes and aftershocks that shook and shook destroying much of Christchurch – land and people, the buildings, the homes and the lives.

An earthquake that was the catalyst for much change, for much fear and terror, for much trial and tribulations that challenged even the most stoical of people.

Much has happened to Christchurch since that day, events undoubtedly imprinted in the minds and memories of every Cantabrian, events which no doubt will be relived in their hearts on Sunday 4th September.

And so Te Huaki Puanaki’s songs of Commemoration and celebration are indeed very timely.

Song 1: “Otautahi – Christchurch – RISE UP!” a song celebrating the human spirit.

Song 2: “Angels of Mercy” a song of thanks to those many people from near and afar who helped out.

Song 3: “Ruaumoko” the story of the Maori Earthquake God – bemoaning the havoc he wreaked on Otautahi.

“And how appropriate as well, states Wharekawa Kaa (a local Kaumatua-Maori elder) that his songs are to be launched at the Canterbury Museum with the reopening after the earthquake damage and with Te Huaki singing his songs alongside a special exhibition of commemoration titled “Hearts for Christchurch”.

This exhibition being an amazing array of 4000 embroidered hearts from all over the world. They are a sight to behold, states Matua Wharekawa. The idea had been the brainchild of a Napier woman Evie Harris who through her deep desire to do something to support Christchurch inspired the stitch-craft community around the globe to contribute and, soon hearts started arriving from around the world. 4000 of them.

And so, those of us who are fortune to be able to be a part of this occasion on Sunday will certainly have their souls and hearts revived somewhat through Te Huaki’s inspirational songs amidst the backdrop of a heart-warming exhibition of hearts, symbols of love and care and concern.


1pm – Canterbury Museum – 2nd floor by Antarctic Exhibition



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