Kai Song

by Modern Māori Quartet

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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.

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NGĀ KUPU (Lyrics)

We thank you for the Kai, you fed us up just right, now we're set to party for the night!

He mihi ki ngā ringawera mo te kai!

You can't go past that wild pork, the stuffing you can't beat, watercress and kumara so sweet.

Kia ora to the hunters for the meat!

Koura tails and kina roe, we could eat for hours, kutai, raw fish, don't forget cream paua.

This is our shout out to all the divers!

But when you think you've had enough, there's still more yet to come! Save some room for dessert, we've only just begun!

Steamed pudding with some custard, trifle and whipped cream. All I need right now is a kapu tī...

But what are we gonna do with all these left others my breathers?

Well that morning fry up kai is gonna be mēan...

Noreira! He paku noa te waiata, engari nui rawa te aroha!

He mihi ki ngā ringawera mo te kai!
He mihi ki ngā ringawera mo te kai!



released June 30, 2017
Food preparation & styling: Noa Campbell
Paper table cloth: Tracey Tawhiao | www.traceytawhiao.com
Photography & Cover design: Mardo El-Noor | www.worldofmardo.com
Logo design: Jessica Sanderson | www.jessicasanderson.com



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Modern Māori Quartet Auckland, New Zealand

A fresh take on classic Māori showbands, the Modern Māori Quartet (MMQ) are a good looking, suave and multi-talented Māori foursome who love crooning their spin on modern and classic numbers. 

Look out for our debut album "That's Us!" releasing globally September 2017.
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