May 8, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Tahu & Arihia Shoot for the Moon

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Its not often two South Auckland high school students and World War II find common ground.

But when young singer songwriter Arihia Cassidy (Ngati Porou, Ngati Whatua) began researching the 28th Maori Battalion as part of a Reo Ma?ori class assignment, she found the letters between battalion fighters and their wives carried themes she could relate to.

The devastation she felt as she read of their battles and loneliness inspired her to pen a song in the soldiers honour.

With the help of cousin and musical partner Tahu Henare (Ngati Porou, Ngati Whatua, Ngapuhi), she wrote Moonlight. The song is a story of a couple separated by distance yet connected in dreams and yearnings.

The ballad, which the teenagers filmed as a YouTube clip in August of last year, has now been recorded for radio.

With a new piano and string arrangement from producer Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, Tahu & Arihias Moonlight will be available to the public on Thursday 25 April.

On the same morning the duo will perform a live version as part of Maori Televisions ANZAC Day commemorations.

Tahu & Arihia – Moonlight. Available at and iTunes from this Thursday.

For interviews, publicity photos or review copies, contact:

Ophir Cassidy
phone: 09 966 0555
mobile: 021 861 807
email: [email protected]

Ngatapa Black
Black Media Ltd
email: [email protected]


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