Ulumotua ha Fineone Hakupu -Atua

Village and Church Elder Young Vivian have expressed strong support to the belief of looking at the copyright laws of Niue’s old legends, songs, music and dances. His remarks cropped up at the time when Brad Etuata suggested publicly that his family have given the issue a hard thought and felt, enough is enough, for hawkers who abuse the system.

Copyrights are important because it identify and protects those who actually compose, sing and own the song or music so rightly if the song is commercialized the owner should benefit from it, not the hawkers. Like the popular Hakupu chant ‘Ko mautolu nai, ko e tau tagata kai tagata” composed by Mc Millian Etuata which has been remade in song form for business.

Music and songs have taken a soft spot in Niue that just about every song that comes on radio almost belongs to the general public. The fact it was never raised shows how liberal we have been with recognizing there were and still are property which are private and those of the public, and the old NIA philosophy. The time has come for tough questioning and making right what was abused in the past.

Copyrights reform comes at the time when the village is trying to revive its history and so be it, Young says.

‘Ikiua Lupo composed many songs and hymns while residential Pastor of Hakupu but was never respected as his property, he explained.

‘And Salekiu Tusini, Uini Taleni and Aue Ahetoa, Ben Tanaki, Tom Mitikea, we have many other composers that we must record in our history’.

‘That is one main reason we have initiated this traditional knowledge and history of Hakupu project so the present generation are aware’ he said.

‘We are a bit too late and behind with drawing the line here but I suppose it’s much better than sitting idle’ Young concluded.

The village has become too relaxed or too civilized that they missed the legal issues of respect. It is planned that by the end of the year the village surely would have completed a set of rules to follow including documenting all the songs and music of Hakupu from those which are also borrowed in one form or another.

Best effort for the copyrights reform work currently in pursuit of fairness, just and respect for the original composers and musicians of Hakupu.

4 thoughts on “Artist

  1. Manatu au foki e au haku tau Matua Ko Malaetolu mo Katenia Salatielu koe lafu taha ne fakaako e tau lologo Fakaagaaga he Ekalesia Niue Kerisiano I Hakupu Atua. Fakaue kehe tau lologo ia ne fakatumau e Hakupu ke lologo kua fano viko he Motu hoko ki Niu Sila mo Ausetalia oue tulou kehe tau lologo ia. Fakaue kehe Atua he lagi ha koe tau Taleni ia Praise the Lord.

  2. I STRONGLY agree with this, So many people have sung the late Salekiu TUSINI’s songs and have claimed it as there own compositions, there needs to be some sought of recognition when performing or singing his songs in respect for his wife and Tusini family. Love that fact that his songs are being sung and recognized but it anger’s me when someone else’s name has been said instead of the real composer.
    Perfect example of this is the “SIPAO” composition. You find this song on youtube sung by groups from schools,, family even educational institutes have sung it etc..with no aknowledgement of the composer
    I hope with copyright law for the village changes this will come into affect.


  3. A definate responsibility resides with those who teach the songs, to also research the originality and educate the learners.
    With older songs, it should be a requirement, as the song/hymns are only as important as the story behind it and/or the composer/s.
    It would be interesting to see how the mechanics of the copyright act would pan out and how one would apply it let alone enforce it especially for those who are no longer with us.

  4. There was a time when everyone in the village sang the songs that originated from the village (Hakupu itself) – irespective of who wrote/composed it.This was done in the understanding that it enchances our social lives( in village and National situations) ,it highlights Hakupu’s musical /cultural knowhow and also uphold our profile as a heavyweight in all aspects of life in Niue.These include sports, arts & crafts, academics and cultural activities to name a few.
    It is true that these songs are sung recklessly and disrespectfully by mostly young artists who are unaware or uninformed of their origins.It is one thing to carry on the traditions of Niue by singing these song but another to infringe on copyrights and also make a commercial gain on somebody else’s work.True . the people teaching them the songs should also tell them but any how be informed that we are still around,Fakaue lahi.

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