The lyrics are entirely in Māori, and the song topped the New Zealand pop chart in 1984. The words were written by Ngoi Pewhairangi, and the music was written by Dalvanius Prime, who died on October 3, 2002 at the age of 54. He made great contributions to his Patea community, to Māori culture, and to New Zealand's national identity. This song was his way of giving courage and inspiration to confused young urban Māori.
Jason - Hamilton, New Zealand