He kaiwaiata Māori rangatahi a Huia-Moana Shortland (Ngati Hine, Ngāpuhi, Ngāi Te Rangi) e kawe ana i te reo ki ngā wāhi hōu.
Kua whakarewaina te whāataata mō te waiata Global Mutual Theme a Te Hāhi o Ihu Karaiti o Te Hunga Tapu o ngā rā o muri nei mō tēnei tau, ā he tuatahi te whakamāori i ngā kupu.
O ngā manomano kaitono, ko Shortland i tohua kia riro māna te waiata e whakangahau ki te tini i te ao.
17 tau te pakeke o tēnei ākonga i Te Taitokerau, ā hei tāna he ara hei whakaatu i ngā tino āhuatanga e korowai ana i a ia.
"I was able to show the world, the two aspects that make me who I am, being a follower of Christ and being Māori, and I felt like this could be a voice for not only our generation but for future generations to come.
"Growing up, there wasn't a lot of Māori representation in the church for me, so after this, I felt like I'm it really for myself and maybe others."
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Ia tai, ia tau, ka puta i te hāhi he whāataata waiata, rangatahi te kaupapa, ko te whāinga ia, he hiki i ngā taiohi huri noa i te ao.
He kaiwhakaari hoki a Shortland i te whāataata o te rerenga pākeha o te waiata. Nā te hāhi i whakarewa i tēra wiki, ā kua oti kē te mātakihia e te rua rau mano tāngata, neke atu.
I te putanga o te whakaaro kia whakamāorihia te waiata, i mōhio pū a Shortland, mā wai.
"I already had someone in mind to help me translate it, teacher and member in our stake, Pāpā Mōrere Piripi."
He kaiako a Piripi i te kura e haere nei a Shortland, i Te Kāpehu Whetū, ā ka haere tahi rāua ki te pāriha ā rohe kotahi.
E aroha nui ana a Shortland ki te kaupapa o te waiata.
“You’re never alone, that you always loved, whether it's by our Heavenly Father, or ngā Ātua Māori or whoever you believe in, that you always have someone to look to, and especially in today’s time, there is a lot of issues on rangatahi Māori and I hope that through this song its cool to be not okay, sometimes but you can always look to somewhere better."
Tērā te pātai, he aha rā kei tua o te kaiwaiata nei?
Ko tā Shortland, “To write music, that’s something I really like doing and just really sharing my talents with the world, however that may turn out and just keep doing music no matter what.”