World Opera Day 2021

On October 25 2021, NZ Opera were proud to present Hineraukatauri – a very special waiata (song) written by Dame Hinewehi Mohi and Jaz Coleman. This beautiful song was inspired by Dame Hinewehi’s daughter, Hineraukatauri, who has faced and overcome many challenges in her life, reflecting the importance of music as an outlet for emotion and for healing. We are grateful to the composers for sharing this piece and this journey with us all. The passion and power of this music reflects the challenges we’ve collectively faced, and the vulnerability we’ve all experienced, during these uncertain times. We would like to acknowledge the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre, inspired by Hineraukatauri, helping to change the lives of people with disabilities through music. As Aotearoa is one of the first countries to see the sun rise, we celebrated the power and beauty of music alongside our colleagues all around the World, through this kaupapa. Special thanks to: Dame Hinewehi Mohi and Jaz Coleman – for granting us permission to record this waiata Heemi Kapa-Kingi – Te reo Māori translations for opening welcome Milly Grant-Koria – Pouwhenua Vocal Arrangement – Mark W Dorrell Singers Natasha Te Rupe Wilson Te Ohorere Williams Calista Ngati-Au Keani Taruia-Pora Sam Downes Albert Mataafa Joel Amosa Pianist Ben Kubiak Music Director Catrin Johnsson and Videographer Fifty one fifty productions To view this waiata, please click here