Career Development Association of New Zealand


CDANZ Waiata

The CDANZ Waiata: Te Wharenui He Mohiotanga

This is the story of our CDANZ Waiata, Te Wharenui He Mohiotanga commissioned by Tui Needham from Teriu Lemon in 2011.

The idea of a commissioned waiata for CDANZ first came to Tui Needham's attention in a discussion with Megan Smith at the July 2011 Career Research Symposium. Tui instantly thought of her brother Teriu Lemon for the job. He is a Singer/Songwriter and Multimedia Specialist. The research symposium, hosted by AUT, was an excellent example of where CDANZ would need a waiata, in following the protocols of the event, as led by the AUT Kaumatua.

Teriu Lemon agreed to write a waiata for koha and a collaborative process began. An ad hoc committee of CDANZ members was formed; basically those who responded to the call for help (Tui Needham, Megan Smith, Sam Young, Ivan Tava and Hana Seumanu-Ikenasio). Tui extends her gratitude to this committee, for their contributions and support throughout the whole process. She valued their recommendations, creative input and guidance through to the approval stage, in finalising the sound, format and content.

The challenge for our songwriter Teriu was to create a waiata with strong concepts that characterised CDANZ, rather than attempting to convey specific messages. Teriu achieved this by capturing the spirit of CDANZ through the expression of core values that overarch the organisation. He also kept the arrangement simple with an upbeat tempo which is exactly what we wanted.

About Teriu Lemon MACGD (Dist), MusDip.

Teriu is currently Pou Arahi at AUT. He graduated with a double Master of Arts in Computer Graphic Design (Highest Distinction). He also holds an Executive Diploma in Jazz Performance and Composition, which plays a major role in his work with digital installation performance. Teriu is currently engaged in a PhD and his interests are in the development of creative and spiritual experiential learning. His past experience includes teaching music, song writing, recording, touring and live television shows as a session musician.


The waiata is available in the following formats:

  • Music Score, so we can sing the waiata correctly, or or play an instrument to accompany the waiata.
  • Lyrics, so we all know the right words.
  • Mp3, to listen to and sing along with.
  • YouTube, to watch Teriu play the chords, understand the key, and then sing along with the video.
  • Flyer, to pass onto others so they understand why and how our waiata was created.