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Tuini Ngawai’s beautiful tribute to the soldiers of the 28th Maori Battalion performed on the second day of events at Uepohatu marae in 1947.

The events held at Uepohatu on the 12th and 13th of September included cultural competitions with local school children, a reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion), a concert and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall.  The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars.

At an investiture ceremony held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

Transcription

Arohaina mai 
E te Kingi nui 
Manaakitia rā 
O tamariki e 
Horahia mai rā 
Te marie nui ki te 
Hokowhitu a Tū toa 

(First verse repeats)

Ngā mamaetanga 
Me ngā pouri nui 
Pēhia rawatia 
Ki raro rā e
Mē anga atu 
Ka karanga ki te Matua 
Aue aroha mai 

(Second verse repeats)

Ngā hapū katoa 
O Aotearoa e 
Tau awhitia rā 
Ko tōku rongo 
Kia mau te tihe 
Mauria ora 
A ngā tūpuna 
Hei tohu wehi e

(Third verse repeats)

 

Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.(43115).  Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.

Image Tukutuku panels for the Uepohatu Hall, Ruatoria - Photograph taken by Owen Johnson. Mackrell, Brent :Photographs relating to Poverty Bay. Ref: PA1-o-1038-20. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23108856

Performance of the song ‘He aha kei taku uma’ at Uepohatu marae in 1947.  The song ends with with lines from the East Coast haka 'Ruaumoko'.

The events held at Uepohatu on the 12th and 13th of September included cultural competitions with local school children, a reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion), a concert and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall.  The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars. 

At an investiture ceremony held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

Transcript

He aha kei taku uma
Pakikini nei?
He aroha ranei?
He aha ranei?

Haere mai ra
Ki ahau nei ra
Te aroha tino nui
Haere mai

Kaea:Tahi, rua, toru, wha
Katoa: Kore au e noho
Hoatu taku ringa
Kei huri ke koe
Whakakaitoa i muri

Haere mai ra
Ki ahau nei ra
Te aroha tino nui
Haere mai

Kaea: Tahi, rua, toru, wha
Katoa:He aha kei taku uma
Pakikini nei?
He aroha ranei?
He aha ranei?

Haere mai ra
Ki ahau nei ra
Te aroha tino nui
Haere mai

Kaea: Tahi, rua, toru, wha
Katoa: Titiro atu au
Ka huri ke koe
Kei roto i a koe
Pirangi mai ana

Haere mai ra
Ki ahau nei ra
Te aroha tino nui
Haere mai
Aue hi

Kaea: Ko komako komako!
Katoa: E ko te hautapu e rite ki te kai na Matariki
Tapareireia koi tapa! Tapa konunua koiana tukua! I aue hi, ha hi!

Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. 

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Group from Hinerupe sing 'He reo pohiri' to the tune of 'You are my sunshine' at Uepohatu marae in 1947.

The events held at Uepohatu on the 12th and 13th of September included cultural competitions with local school children, a reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion), a concert and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall.  The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars.

At an investiture ceremony held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

Transcription

Kaea: He reo pohiri, whiua!

Tahi, rua, toru, wha!

Katoa: He reo pohiri

No Hinerupe

Kia koutou e nga hoia

Kua hui mai nei

Nau mai ra e nga iwi

Ki Uepohatu

Haere haere mai ra

Ki roto i tenei wa

O te maungarongo

Me harakoa ra

Te iwi e

Kua mutu te whawhai

Nau ra morehu

Kua pumautia te Wikitoria

(Repeat verses)

Toru, wha! Hi!

Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. 

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Moteatea 'Takiri ma ko te ata' performed by an unidentified group on the second day of events at Uepohatu marae in 1947.

The events held at Uepohatu on the 12th and 13th of September included cultural competitions with local school children, a reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion), a concert and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall.  The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars.

At an investiture ceremony held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.(43115).  Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. 

Image: Nga Taonga a Nga Tama Toa Trust

Speaker welcomes dignitaries to day two of events at Uepohatu in 1947.

The marae hosted events held on the 12th and 13th of September that included cultural competitions with local school children and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall.  The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars.

A reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion) was also held.

At the Investiture held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (43115).  Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.

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WWI veteran Tiaki Omana and MP for Eastern Maori, welcomes dignatories to day two of events at Uepohatu in 1947.

The marae hosted events held on the 12th and 13th of September that included cultural competitions with local school children and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall.  The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars.

A reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion) was also held.

At the Investiture held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

 

Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (43115).  Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.

Image Tiaki Omana. New Zealand Free Lance : Photographic prints and negatives. Ref: PAColl-6303-60. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22684392

An unidentified speaker welcomes dignitaries and addresses the gathering on day two of events at Uepohatu marae in 1947. He speaks in Maori which is then translated into English.

The marae hosted events held on the 12th and 13th of September that included cultural competitions with local school children and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall.  The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars.

A reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion) was also held.

At the Investiture held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

 

Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (43115).  Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.

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An unidentified local speaker welcomes dignitaries and entertains the gathering with an expressive speech in Maori. This is translated into English for the Governor General and others  in attendance.

The marae hosted events held on the 12th and 13th of September that included cultural competitions with local school children and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall.  The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars.

A reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion) was also held.

At the Investiture held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (43115).  Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.

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Governor General Sir Bernard Freyberg addresses the gathering on day two of events at Uepohatu marae in 1947.

The marae hosted events held on the 12th and 13th of September that included cultural competitions with local school children and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall.  The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars.

A reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion) was also held.

At the Investiture held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (43115).  Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.

Image Porikapa Awatere accompanies Governor-General Sir Bernard Freyberg at the opening of Uepohatu War Memorial Hall on 13 September 1947. Alexander Turnbull Library.  Ref: A004827.

Haka taparahi ‘Te Kiri Ngutu’ performed by locals at Uepohatu marae in 1947. Apirana Ngata exclaims in the audio "koinei te tuturu o te Naati."

The marae hosted events held on the 12th and 13th of September that included cultural competitions with local school children, the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall, a reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion), a concert and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall.  The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars. 

At an investiture ceremony held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

Transcription

Kaea: Torona titaha!

Apirana Ngata: E Ngati Porou! Koinei te tuturu o te Nati!

Kaea: Haramai tonu ra nga manuhiri i runga i te upoko hau, i te po marangai i te puehutanga mai o te aroha!

Katoa: A ha ha! U whakarauiri ki Waiapu. Ka kii te whare ki te manuhiri uhia mai.

Uhia mai o kanohi ki te rau o te aroha. A ha ha! Hi aue hi!

Unknown person: Ka pai boys! Ka pai boys! Kia kaha boys! Kia kaha poi ma! Kia kaha poi ma!

 

Kaea: Ponga ra! Ponga ra!

Katoa: A ha ha! Ka tataki mai Te Whare o nga Ture!

Ka whiria te Maori! Ka whiria!

Ngau nei ona reiti, ngau nei ona take!

A ha ha! Te taea te ueue! I aue! Hi!

 

Unknown person: Ka pai poi ma! Kia kaha poi ma!

 

Kaea: Ponga ra! Ponga ra!

Katoa: A ha ha! Ka tataki mai Te Whare o nga Ture!

Ka whiria te Maori! Ka whiria!

Ngau nei ona reiti, ngau nei ona take!

A ha ha! Te taea te ueue! I aue! Hi!

 

Unknown person: Ka pai poi ma! Ka pai poi ma!

Apirana Ngata: Koinei te haka taparahi! Tona tuturu!

 

Kaea: Patua te whenua!

Katoa: Hei!

Kaea: Whakataua i nga ture!

Katoa: Hei

Kaea: A ha ha!

Katoa: Na nga mema ra te kohuru

Na te Kawana te koheriheri!

Ka raruraru nga ture!

Ka raparapa ki te pua toroni! I aue!

 

Kaea: Kaore hoki te mate o te whenua e

Te makere atu ki raro ra!

Katoa: A ha ha! Iri tonu mai runga

O te kiringutu mau mai ai

Hei tipare taua mo te hoariri!

A ha ha! I tahuna mai au

Ki te whakahere toto koa,

A ki te ngakau o te whenua nei,

Ki te koura! I aue, taukuri e!

Kaea: A ha ha!

Katoa: Ko tuhikitia. Ko tuhapainga

I raro i te whero o te Maori! Hukiti!

A ha ha! Na te ngutu o te Maori, pohara,

Kai kutu, ka te weriweri koe i homai ki konei

E kaore i ai, i haramai tonu koe

Ki te kai whenua!

Purari Paka! Kaura mokai! Hei!

Kaea: A ha ha!

Katoa: Kei puta atu hoki te ihu o te waka

I nga torouka o Niu Tireni,

Ka paia pukutia mai e nga uaua

O te ture a Kawana!

Te taea te ueue! Au! Au! Aue ha!


Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (43115).  Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero

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Led by Apirana Ngata this group perform the entertaining ditty 'Kore au e pai' and the haka 'Ka mate' on day two of events at Uepohatu marae in 1947.

The marae hosted events held on the 12th and 13th of September that included cultural competitions with local school children and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall.  The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars.

A reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion) was also held.

At the Investiture held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

Transcription

AT Ngata: Tahi, rua, toru, wha!

Roopu:

Kore au e pai

Ki te piki wakena

Engari motoka

Ka piki atu au e

 

Wahine kino koe

He riri takekore

Ma reira o mahara

E raruraru ai e

 

Kore au e noho

Hoki ki Pikitia

Kei kite o haerenga

Ka hoki tangi aue

 

Ko pou te marama (ki)

Runga o Hikurangi

Kei raro koe hine

E tangi hotu ana e

 

Kii mai e hine

Kahore he aroha

Kei roto i ahau

Takawiri ana e

 

Ko to mai te marino

Waho o te moana

Kei roto i ahau

E ngarungaru ana e

 

Ma te Hau Tonga ra

Mau atu te aroha

Ma te Hau Auru

E whakahoki mai e

 

Kore au e pai

Ki te poi Nati

Engari Kawana

Ka wero atu au e! Hi!

 

Ka Mate Haka

AT Ngata:  Ka mate, ka mate!

Roopu: ka ora! ka ora!

AT Ngata: Ka mate! ka mate!

Roopu: ka ora! ka ora!

Tenei te tangata puhuruhuru

Nana nei i tiki mai whakawhiti te rā

A, upane! ka upane!

A, upane, ka upane, whiti te ra!

Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (43115).  Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.

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Bishop Bennett facilitates the religious service and dedicatory opening of Uepohatu memorial hall on day two of events at Ruatoria in 1947. He notes that the theme is the unification of the two (Maori and Pakeha) races.

The marae hosted events held on the 12th and 13th of September that included cultural competitions with local school children and the opening of the Uepohatu War Memorial Hall. The hall was built to commemorate East Coast soldiers who died during the two World Wars. 

A reunion of ex-service people (including members of the Maori Battalion) was also held. 

At the Investiture held on the second day, seventeen decorations were presented to servicemen and women who had served abroad and on the home front.

The gathering was an important one, attended by thousands including the Prime Minister Peter Fraser, the Leader of the Opposition Sidney Holland and other members of Parliament.  Sir Bernard Freyberg, the Governor General opened the hall and unveiled two memorial tablets inside.

Sound file from Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (43115).  Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.

Image Frederick Augustus Bennett. S P Andrew Ltd :Portrait negatives. Ref: 1/1-018699-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22642293