We are SO here for this!
It was already a kiwi classic, but Sir Dave Dobbyn has just gone and made his hit 'Slice of Heaven' even more of a defining song for Aotearoa.
The kiwi anthem was released 35 years ago, and spent eight weeks at No 1 in NZ. Over the years, it's racked up 40 million streams - and that's not even counting all of the physical copies sold.
To coincide with the anniversary, and Māori Language Week, Sir Dave unveils ‘Hine Ruhi – Slice of Heaven’, a new recording of the song in Māori, translated by mātanga reo/language expert Hana Mereraiha.
“The translation is wonderful“ says Dobbyn. “Hana Mereraiha worked skilfully on the imagery and the vocal rhythm. It was a delight working with her.”
Also available will be a ‘You Sing’ version of both the recording and video, with Sir Dave’s vocals removed.
I can see school children working on their poi moves to this version. I’m inviting people to join me in learning the Māori lyrics and sing their own ‘Hine Ruhi -Slice of Heaven’. I’m hoping to be inundated with videos/ Tik Toks from kids to choirs to kapa haka. So give it your best shot and post your performances.
Dobbyn’s first reo Māori recording was in 2017 with ‘Nau Mai Rā - Welcome Home’, now nudging one million streams.
We love this so much - have a watch of the lyric video up top!