The lyrics for this waiata are taken from psalm 120. The waiata is a mihi to tohunga of the Ringatū faith who provided the constant spiritual guidance and protection for uri of Te Whānau a Apanui and Ngāti Porou as they fought to uphold their mana motuhake in the context of oil exploration and extraction in their iwi territories. The music expresses the loneliness our iwi experiences at times when we take such powerful stances in opposition to the reckless and senseless destruction of our natural environment. Yet through the darkest times, it has been our faith that has delivered us into the light and to victory.
Lead Vocals: Rob Ruha / String arrangement: Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, Strings: “The Black Quartet” (Violin 1 – Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, violin 2 – Jess Hindin, viola – Iselta Allison, Cello – Rachel Wells) / Choir arrangement: Tama Waipara / Choir: Cilla Ruha, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall, Tama Waipara, Rob Ruha, Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi