Alien Weaponry – Live at the Auckland Town Hall – I roto i Te Reo Māori (Māori language version)

(Karakia) Here I stand in the forest of Tāne and I speak to his family Tāne that binds us all together the trees, the fruit, the birds, the creatures of the skies, of the water, of the whole world and the land the roots reach down to the bosom of Papatūānuku (Mother Earth) and the branches, to Ranginui (The Sky Father) Like the Joints of a canoe, we are woven together as one! Matawhāura is the mountain Kaituna is the river Te Roto Whāiti i Kitea ai e Īhenga the lake Ngāti Pikiao is the tribe Ngāti Hinekura is the kinship group The sneeze of life! Hey, I’m Henry Te Reiwhati and I’m Lewis Raharuhi We’re from the band Alien Weaponry We are excited to be sharing this massive show with you that we did at the Auckland Town Hall in Auckland, New Zealand in February 2020 We originally put this video together for MetalDays, who asked us to be part of the Metal Alliance online festival in Europe 2020 when COVID 19 closed all the live shows MetalDays is an awesome independent metal festival in Slovenia, and they were the first ever European festival to invite us to perform with them we were there live in both 2018 and 2019 They have always been really welcoming and they really helped us to launch our music in Europe So much so that we spent most of 2019 on the road overseas, which was amazing But we were really happy to get home, and it was awesome to be performing in front of a home crowd at the Auckland Town Hall The show was made extra special by the group Te Manu Huia doing a fearsome haka to welcome us onto the stage It was such an amazing night for us, and we hope you enjoy this footage On our first album Tū, there were quite a few songs about the social and political history of New Zealand. The next two songs both share those themes

The first song is Ahi Kā, which will be on our next album It’s about an incident which happened in 1953, when the Auckland council burned the Ngāti Whatua Ōrākei village at Okahu Bay to the ground

Making the inhabitants homeless in order to beautify the city in preparation for a visit from Queen Elizabeth II After that is Raupatu, which was on our first album Tū The colonial government passed a law in 1863 which allowed them to confiscate land from anyone they deemed to be ‘rebels’ This law resulted in the theft of millions of acres from their Māori owners, causing lasting poverty and social inequity that still continues today This next song, Holding My Breath, was one I wrote when I was struggling with severe social anxiety to the point where I couldn’t even bring myself to leave my room

Writing the song was one of the things that helped me work through those feelings and get out of that dark mental place We hope it will help others too Coming up we have the first single we ever released, Urutaa

I wrote this about how conflicting expectations between people can spread unhappiness like a plague The Māori lyrics refer to a famous incident which occurred in 1808, when a European ship arrived in Whangaroa Harbour and after they left, a plague broke out The local iwi thought the epidemic was caused by a curse, and when another, completely different ship called ‘The Boyd’ arrived in the bay some time later They took revenge by burning the ship and killing and eating most of its crew After that is our most recent single, Blinded. We released this while we were on tour in Europe in 2019

It was kind of a surreal time, distanced from home and friends and in a strange way the song reflected that To finish, we’ve got two of our most popular songs for you, and another that we hope will become one of your favourites in the future once our new album is released

First up is Kai Tangata

It’s focused on the musket wars of the 1820s, when Hongi Hika and co headed south on the warpath from Northland and decimated our Te Arawa people with their newly acquired muskets Which were ‘alien weaponry’ at the time The next song is a brand new one, and this clip is the first time we ever played it live. It’s called ‘Tangaroa’ It’s about how humans are killing our oceans with all our toxic waste, plastic and shit The last song is Rū Ana Te Whenua, about a mighty battle at Gate Pa, Tauranga Moana in 1864 230 Māori dug themselves into underground bunkers and successfully defended their hilltop at Pukehinahina from 1700 British troops Our great, great, great grandfather, Te Ahoaho, died in this battle, so it has great personal significance for us Hey, thank you guys so much for watching this show, and we hope to see you soon at a real festival or show – in Aotearoa or somewhere else in the world

Tihei … mauriora!