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Rules Of Engagement

by Ria Hall

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Papaki tū ana ngā tai ki Mauao
i whakanekenekehia
i whakanukunukuhia
i whiua reretia e Hotu
a Wāhinerua ki te wai
ki tai wīwī
ki tai wāwā
ki te whai ao
ki te ao mārama
Tīhei mauriora

This album draws on themes of love and war, revolution and change.

The key inspiration for this work is the letter scripted by Henare Taratoa (Ngāi Te Rangi) in March 1864 to the Governor of New Zealand, Sir George Grey. This letter outlined the way in which both Māori and British should conduct themselves during war, namely the battle of Pukehinahina (Gate Pa) in my tribal area of Tauranga Moana. This code of conduct was known as the Rules of Engagement, and is where this album takes its name from.

This album features kōrero about the battles of Pukehinahina and Te Ranga from my Grandfathers older brother, Turirangi Te Kani. This interview was conducted by Ted Nepia in March, 1968.

We live in tumultuous and turbulent times where, more often than not, we find ourselves at war. War against the establishment and its hypocrisy. War for love and righteousness. War for the retention of culture and language. War within ourselves and our relationships.

The constant battles to right wrongs of the past for the betterment of the future. Through these trying times, we actively seek to find the means to achieve resolution.

Rules of Engagement attempts to speak to such issues, engage in meaningful dialogue, and create an open forum to encourage understanding and forward movement. I believe in my heart that once we come to a place of understanding and compassion, we can achieve the impossible. This is my desire for our nation and indeed, the world.

Let these songs wash over you like the tides of Te Awanui.

Nāku i runga i ngā tai o whakaiti,
Ria Hall

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released October 27, 2017

Mixed by Tiki Taane at Tikidub Studios. Except 'Barely Know' mixed by Kings at Arch Angel Studio & Chris Chetland at Kog, & 'Love Will Lead Us Home' mixed by Sam De Jong at Parachute Studios.

Mastered by Chris Chetland at Kog

Produced by Tiki Taane. Except 'Black Light', 'Sing Dance Dream', 'They Come Marching', 'Prisoner', & 'Hawaiki' produced by Electric Wire Hustle, 'Forever' produced by Laughton Kora, 'Barely Know' produced by Kings, & 'Love Will Lead Us Home' produced by Sam De Jong.

Artwork by Jaime Robertson, iThink Creative

Photography by Meek Zuidewyk

Made with funding from NZ On Air & Te Māngai Pāho
Archival interview audio of Turirangi Te Kani courtesy of RNZ & Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Photographs used with permission thanks to the Alexander Turnbull Library

Copyright 2017 LOOP Recordings Aot(ear)oa.

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Ria Hall Tauranga, New Zealand

Ria Hall is an exciting voice on the contemporary New Zealand music landscape. Creatively informed by west coast hip-hop, vintage reggae, classic soul, dancehall ragga and modern beat music, she presents a fresh and vibrant perspective as both a young Māori woman, and as a cutting edge, 21st century singer and artist. ... more

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