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Choir’s ode to SH35 tops Hot 20 NZ Singles.

Te Tairāwhiti choir Ka Hao has surged to the top of the Hot 20 NZ Singles this week with their song 35 — a nod to the highway that runs along the East Coast.

Featuring award-winning music artist and composer Rob Ruha and the 24-member choir, it is the fastest-rising local release of the last seven days based on a combination of sales, streams and radio play.

On Spotify and YouTube, the song has almost a quarter of a million listens combined.

“I want to see Ka Hao at its peak and to let the world see, feel and hear pure Māori music magic,” Ka Hao choir member Ruawhaitiri Ngatai-Mahue said.

The choir comprises rangatahi from Te Tairāwhiti, with mentorship from the Archbishop of Aotearoa Don Tamihere alongside Rob and Cilla Ruha.

Ka Hao are releasing their debut album Ka Hao: One Tira, One Voice on Friday.

The group also hold the No.2 spot on the newly-launched Top 10 Te Reo Māori Singles with new waiata on the back of Waiata Anthems Week. Six60's Pepeha holds the top spot.

Every chart category this week feature has songs sung in te reo Māori.

Lorde's new album in te reo Māori, Te Ao Mārama, came in at number nine in the Official Top 20 NZ Albums, despite only being eligible for 24 hours.

Recorded Music NZ chart compiler Paul Kennedy says Te Reo Māori releases chalked up 1.3 million streams in New Zealand last week alone.

Of all the New Zealand music streamed on Spotify and Apple Music last week, waiata reo made up an all-time high 8.71 percent and accounted for nearly a third of all the New Zealand singles sold as downloads.

Te Tairawhiti choir Ka Hao are making their mark on the New Zealand music charts and online fittingly during Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week) with their song 35 — an ode to State Highway 35 which runs along the East Coast. The song is sitting at the top of the Hot 20 NZ Singles, with 250,000 listens on Spotify and YouTube. Picture from the video of the song
SINGING TRUE: Tairāwhiti's very own youth choir Ka Hao has found themselves on the top of the hottest singles chart this week for their song 35, featuring Rob Ruha. Picture supplied
Tairawhiti Musical Youth Choir ‘Ka Hao'