Korihi is a 2 Hour Music competition with 14 finalists representing their rohe singing an original song inspired by the events of COVID-19 to uplift our people.

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Riripēti Rongomai-Ngākau & Rere-Maia - Ipukarea

Representing Te Tai Tonga, their waiata Ipukarea talks about the teachings of our ancestors "we have learnt from the past just how dangerous viruses/disease can be" however it is also about looking forward to a brighter day after the cloud has lifted.

Karroll Pere - Veale - Slam Shut

Karroll says her song is quite self-explanatory.  The song was written with border closures in mind, due to recent incidents of people who have returned to Aotearoa from overseas and made attempts to run away from Isolation or quarantine situations. 

MINA - Hine Pāpata

Representing Te Taitokerau this Trio Charlton Mathews-Te Wake, Deidre Wijohn and Makere Ngaropo-Hati are from the small rural town of Panguru.  Their waiata written by Mina Pomare-Peita and Mutunga Rameka, recognises the leadership of wahine.  Pāpata comes from  their whakataukii on how they live in the west where the trees bend they don’t fall they are still standing like us.

Te Akarangi Murphy - Tuutakarerewa

Representing the Waikato region, Te Akarangi is of Ngāti Manawa descent. The meaning of Tuutakarerewa is  to be unsettled, alert and ready, and for him refers to the Corona Virus. He sings about being careful of the corona virus and to come back to the land to karakia, to always love even in these hard times.

Rodney Te Tawhero - Right in Front of me

Representing the Tāmaki Makaurau region, Rodney is from Raetihi but lives in Mangere. His waiata is about how the Earth may have been impacted by Covid 19 lock down. ""I think Papatuanuku would have enjoyed a whole month of us not wrecking her!"

Peyton Morete - Survive

Representing Te Taihauāuru - Peyton Morete says "with everything being closed in lockdown, except supermarkets, it was like we had to learn to survive off the bare necessities again (in a way).  We may have struggled with it at first but together we rose up.

Te Rina Ransfield - My Moon

Te Rina Ransfield writes about our calling to head back to our taiao, he waiata also refers to the halt of the world and as the economy fell, a spell was casted that bought an awakening to Indigenous people that we were made to follow the night skies.

Cruze Pene - Only Love

Cruze Pene a Soldier in the NZ Army wrote is song about missing his whanau during lockdown, the feelings he went through and encouraging all to look after their mental health. 

CORRELLA - Local Stranger

Representing the Waikato Region, this waiata is about everything he loves; whaanau, music and being Maaori. During covid he was blessed with a newborn and so was able to spend time with her " Having more time to my whaanau and focusing on things that really mattered in my life. 

Hora & Tia - Ko koe, Ko au

Representing Te Tai Tonga, this waiata was composed post covid lockdown. This waiata talks about the strengths within you, within me. It reminds us of just who we are and how powerful we can be

JJ, Hinemaia & Mere-Kaya - Awhina Mai

No te Ikaroa Rāwhiti, this young trio's waiata Awhina mai was written from their point of view, telling everyone to help out by staying home during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Raakai Whauwhau - He Aroha

Representing the Waikato Region, this waiata is about everything he loves; whānau, music and being Māori. During the Covid-19 lockdown he was blessed with a new-born and so was able to spend time with her "Having more time to my whānau and focusing on things that really mattered in my life."

Selwyn Lloyd - Tell Me

Representing Te Waiariki, Selwyn from Kaingaroa wrote about all the uncertainty during Covid-19 and being locked down. "A lot of different messages were spread around and it was interesting to see who was swayed by different opinions and who didn’t. That is what this song is about, and I hope you enjoy."

Tiare & YY'z - Waimarie

Congratulations to the winners of Korihi 2020 who received $50,000 from Whānau Ora for their chosen charity Shine On Kaitaia. Tiare (13yrs)  and YY'z  (14yrs) both attend Te Kura Takiwa o Taipa.  Their original waiata is about how fortunate they are to be provided by our land "we can always rely on it so long as we take care of it"