Watch: 'Song to connect with the people' – Maimoa Music release first bi-lingual track tackling depression

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Young Maori collective Maimoa Music have released their first bi-lingual track, which is tackling the tough subject of depression.

The collective of young Maori artists have released the track We Are Human in the hopes of raising awareness about everyday struggles.
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The track We Are Human is a stylistic departure from previous releases which shot the group to viral fame, including Wairua and Maimoatia, but Awatea Wihongi and Makaira Berry said their crew believes the issue is too important and far reaching not to discuss.

"It is basically a song to connect with people and let them know we all have struggles in life but at the end of the day we're all human," Wihongi told TVNZ 1's Te Karere.

Berry herself suffered from depression, and says that when she was down, she had no-one to look up to who represented her dual identity, hence the reason for including lyrics in both Te Reo Maori and English.

"We sat down as a group and spoke about some of the challenges we have been through as individuals and as a group together.

"What came out of that hui was the song and what we want to achieve is to let people know you aren't a superhero, you are only human," Berry said.

Although the songs has only just been released, it's already at number eight on iTunes. 

For help and information

Need to talk? 1737 – Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Lifeline – 0800 543 354
Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 or www.depression.org.nz
The Lowdown: A website to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety. www.thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626
SPARX.org.nz – Online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed
OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 for support related to sexual orientation or gender identity

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