Kapisi's lyric genesis enlisted to address fleeing drivers

  • Tāmaki Makaurau

Kia whakarongo ki ngā tono a ngā pirihimana i runga i ngā rori. Koinei te āki a te kaiwaiata, ā King Kapisi i tana waiata hou, 'Hear Me Now.' I mahitahi a Kapisi, Auckland Transport, me Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa ki runga i te waiata nei me te manako kia aro mai te hunga rangatahi, whai muri i ngā wharanga nōna tata nei ki runga i ngā rori.

Hei tā Kapisi, “A family member of mine, sergeant Owen Arapai he basically said bro I need some help and I said cool, well what's the problem? And he said, well there's an issue of youngsters, predominantly male fleeing from police and not stopping when requested too and endangering themselves and also endangering others.”

Koianei te karanga i poipoia a King Kapisi kia tuhi i tēnei waiata.

“I think as musicians it's always been important for us to spread these messages because we have the reach to be able to get out to the youth.”

E mōhio whānuitia ana ia mo ana waiata e hāngai ana ki ngā take o te ao Pasifika, Māori hoki. E ai ki a King Kapisi me tōna hoa rangatira, a Teremoana Rapley, he kaupapa nā te hapori, mā te hapori.

“One dancer is studying at MIT and he's doing a degree in social services you know so he's roots level, he's doing social services, he's only 19. But he's doing it because he sees that there is a need in the community.”

Hei tā Kapisi, “It was awesome to have the NZ Police and also Auckland Transport jump on board and support the kaupapa I think for me is that if we're able to get positive messages out to the youth and to the youth of Auckland and Aotearoa, that's what we need to be doing.”

E ai ki tētahi whakatau nā Ngā Pirimana o Aotearoa, tekau ma ono orau o ngā kaitaraiwa pūrere ka aitua.

Hei tā Rapley “What we found talking to our brother in law who is actually a police officer who instagated this whole project is that people don't think about the other side when these police officers have to go to families and tell them that they're child was killed. Not only the ones that are fleeing from the police but the innocent ones that are caught in the chase.”

Kei ngā toa te waiata e taea ana te hoko inaianei.