"I'm in this music thing for the long haul, I don't want to be a flash in the pan."
All hell broke loose at Ihumātao this week when police unexpectedly ramped up their numbers.
It's the first serious test of the Labour-led Government's relationship with Māori.
Trust and patience is running out in Patutahi after a boy was shot and no one charged.
His work can be seen at marae across New Zealand - and now on screen.