We spoke to two rangatahi behind NZ's #1 hot single.

The feelgood hit ‘35’ by Ka Hao featuring Rob Ruha is the number one song on the Hot 20 NZ Singles chart this week.

Ka Hao is a group of 24 young Māori from Te Tairawhiti who have been on a life-changing journey through waiata.

Ahead of their debut album, due to be released tomorrow, Gracie Kopua and Kaea Hills from Ka Hao sat down to talk about the song.

This is part of our reo Māori series, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi Media, with funding from Te Māngai Pāho.

Stay tuned for a new episode every week.

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