Hinewehi co-wrote her first single with Hone Kaa while working at Aoteaora Radio. In 1996, after a difficult birth, her daughter Hineraukatauri was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy. Hinewehi and her husband George established the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre to help hundreds of children with special needs.
When UK musician/producer Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) launched Hinewehi onto the world stage, it represented the first international release of a contemporary Māori album. ‘Oceania’ continues to be immensely popular, reaching double platinum sales in NZ and achieving worldwide acclaim.
The controversy around Hinewehi singing the national anthem in Māori at the 1999 Rugby World Cup led to a new government directive that both the Māori and English versions be sung at sports fixtures and other ceremonies.
Te Kotahitanga – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74O1gSt7kL4