Toitu te kupu, toitu te mana, toitu te whenua // Hold fast to Māori culture, without language, without mana and without land, the essence of Māori be lost.
This whakataukī originates from Meri’s tupuna, Tinirau. Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au. This is song is called “DOWN Interlude” and features the source of Te Reo Māori (Manu/Birds) as well as porotiti, a taonga pūoro instrument. Again, we as Māori and Pasifika are making our own spaces unique to our cultural milieu. So #staypressed