Alien Weaponry: The world is embracing Māori, why can’t Aotearoa?

This video was first published on December 9, 2022. It was republished on March 24, 2024.

“[Some Eurpoean fans] can hardly speak a word of English, but they can sit down and learn the Māori words. Why can't people in New Zealand fucking do that?”

Since releasing their first album in 2018, Alien Weaponry have spent much of the past five years touring their te reo metal around the US and Europe. 

They have seen te reo Māori and te ao Māori embraced by the rest of the world, and are challenging Aotearoa to better support Māori culture and people.

We sat down with them after they opened for Guns N’ Roses in Wellington.

Cellphone footage captured by Daniel Johnson and Stijn Desment.

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