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THIRD SINGLE

KAI SONG

Food prepared + styled by Noa Campbell
Paper table cloth by Tracey Tawhiao
Cover design + photography by Mardo El-Noor

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NGĀ WHAKAMĀRAMA

Food is at the heart of all Māori hui.

It is a way of reconnecting with oneself and others, of celebrating a success, or calming the seas after navigating through a storm of volatile kōrero.

Kai Song is all about the food we eat, the hands that prepare it and the love that it is imbued with.

In Māori, those special people that prepare the food are called Ringawera. It is only with their hard work in the back that everything in the front can go smoothly: “Ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te hāpai ō ki muri”.

We feel blessed to have amazing ringawera in our MMQ whānau, keeping us fed both in body and spirit so it was only natural for us to write this delicious and hearty song to say thank you.

Matariki is a time for celebrating so what better way to give thanks than with the Kai Song.

Arohanui,
MMQ x
James, Maaka, Matariki, Francis & Matu

 
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MMQ_Logo-02_800px
NGĀ WHAKAMĀRAMA

Food is at the heart of all Māori hui.

It is a way of reconnecting with oneself and others, of celebrating a success, or calming the seas after navigating through a storm of volatile kōrero.

Kai Song is all about the food we eat, the hands that prepare it and the love that it is imbued with.

In Māori, those special people that prepare the food are called Ringawera. It is only with their hard work in the back that everything in the front can go smoothly: “Ko te amorangi ki mua, ko te hāpai ō ki muri”.

We feel blessed to have amazing ringawera in our MMQ whānau, keeping us fed both in body and spirit so it was only natural for us to write this delicious and hearty song to say thank you.

Matariki is a time for celebrating so what better way to give thanks than with the Kai Song.

Arohanui,
MMQ x
James, Maaka, Matariki, Francis & Matu

James Tito

Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi, Kuki Airani

James trained at UCOL (Advanced Certificate in Performing Arts) and Toi Whakaari. He has acted in theatre productions including Awhi Tapu, Tu, The Māori Troilus and Cressida and Sydney Bridge Upside Down and on screen including Awhi Tapu, When We Go To War and The Kick. He was nominated as Most Promising Male Newcomer at the 2011 Chapman Tripp Awards. James had the inspiration to establish the Modern Māori Quartet and revive the showbands of yesteryears because of the talented people he has worked with.

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Maaka

Maaka Pohatu

Ngai Tāmanuhiri, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

A graduate of Toi Whakaari, Maaka has performed in numerous productions such as the critically acclaimed Strange Resting Places and The Māori Troilus and Cressida, which featured at the prestigious Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. He made his film debut in the feature Two Little Boys. Maaka is also a professional musician and proud member of the Modern Māori Quartet.

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Matariki

Matariki Whatarau

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tamaterā

Since graduating from Toi Whakaari, Matariki has appeared in various theatre productions including Awhi Tapu, Tu and Paper Sky. His screen credits include The Almighty Johnsons, Go Girls and The Pā Boys. Matariki has always loved playing music, singing and acting so being a part of the Modern Māori Quartet is his dream job.

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Francis

Francis Kora

Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pūkeko

Francis is a new member to the Modern Māori Quartet. He is also a graduate of Toi Whakaari. For the last decade, Francis has been a musician with (and now the frontman of) iconic NZ band KORA. He had his debut film role in The Pā Boys and was a presenter on Māori Television’s Code. Francis has a passion for telling Aotearoa’s stories through film and theatre.

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