Drawing inspiration from Māori rock art depictions of bird people at the Maerewhenua site in Otago, from whānau manuscripts of Tikao and from kōrero from Kāi Tahu Whānui, it is a contemplation on migration and travel and the deeply embedded desire that draws us to return to our spiritual homelands.Tararua’s evocative music combines taonga pūoro, waiata, karakia and pūrākau (story) with a strong southern Māori influence, partnered with the western instrumental elements of the cello and double bass.
Ariana Tikao (vocals and taonga pūoro)
Ruby Solly (taonga pūoro, cello)
Phil Boniface (double bass)
Alistair Fraser (taonga pūoro)
Louise Pōtiki Bryant (digital imagery)
Photograph by Ebony Lamb