WATCH: A primary school’s speaker system started randomly playing ‘Poi E’ at 1 AM

WATCH: A primary school’s speaker system started randomly playing ‘Poi E’ at 1 AM

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Neighbours of a primary school in Waihi were woken by a classic song Aotearoa song when the school’s speaker system started playing the track out of nowhere. 

Waihi East Primary is the school that started randomly blasting the track. 

Coromandel’s More FM Facebook page posted a video of it as well as providing a bit more info on what actually happened.

“Residents next to Waihi East primary school heard what was described by the school as a "terrible speaker malfunction" this morning just after 1 am,” the caption reads. “The school speaker system started playing ‘Poi e" nonstop on repeat for up to an hour.”

Waihi East did deliver a "massive apology" for the "terrible malfunction" and "enormous disturbance", though it seems some people don't see it as a malfunction or a disturbance. 

Loads of comments on the post say that there are far worse songs that could have started playing than the timeless track that is ‘Poi E’. 

“Soo good!!” wrote one person. “Everybody loves Poi E 🤣♥️ ..even at 1am on a Monday morning ahaha.”

“That's GOLD 😂😂ya can't be mad at that song on repeat 😂😂,” commented another ‘Poi E’ fan. 

“It could have been a way worse sound to wake up to 🤣 love it 💜,” said one more. 

‘Poi E’ was released in August of 1982, meaning this year marks 40 years of the anthem blessing our eardrums. 

The waiata was made in the small town of Pātea in south Taranaki by the local Māori Club. The iconic music video was filmed in the town. 

Townsmembers paid from out of their own pocket to help the song get recorded after they first heard it. 

When it came out, it went straight to the top of the NZ Charts, selling more copies than international icons like the one and only Michael Jackson, which shows how much the country loves it. 

Laura Marurea, the current head of Pātea Māori Club, talked to RNZ earlier this year about the track and how much the town (and the club) loves it. 

“They've got heaps of pride, they sing it like nobody's business and the beauty of the group comes out,” she said. “I don't think they ever get sick of it, we do it all the time. That is one waiata that we don't get sick of," Maruera said.