A hīmene. A song of aroha. A song of comfort. A song of hope and peace.
Hīmene = hymn
One of Aotearoa’s soulful musicians, Hollie Smith and Teeks (Te Karehana Gardiner-Toi) coming together to do a series of songs of peace and comfort to help people..
The Offering project is a collection of 12 gospel hymns, with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army to assist those in need.
Hollie Smith says, “When people hear our version, I just want them to feel happy and uplifted and get that cool feeling when you feel all bright inside your bones.”
“Whether it’s at a hui or a tangi or any special occasion, Whakaaria Mai is a song that connects generations. I grew up with the song and we sung it at my Grandad’s tangi”, says TEEKS.
Māori Television Te Ao Māori news, 28 March 2019
Many of the hymns were penned at times of real adversity and tragedy but have continued to bring comfort for generations.
On Friday 29 March 2019, New Zealand held the National Remembrance Service for Christchurch’s mosque terror victims. Hollie Smith and Teeks sung this hīmene for the people at the service.