Song 'Nohou ra e Ngata' peformed by an unidentified group 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.
Nohou ra e Ngata te powhiri
Kia whakamene mai nga hapu e
Tu mokemoke to i tenei ra
Kua ngaro nei ra
Nga morehu (nga morehu)
Tenei te rangatahi (Hi!)
Kua tae mai nei
Ki runga Ruatorea, tena ra e
Ki te whakatutuki to kupu e
I waiho ake ra e, nga ngakau e
Nga iwi e pae nei kia ora ra
He whare whakairo tukutuku
He rangi e mo nga hau e wha
Numinumi kau au ki te hapai o te whare
Me pewhea ra e mauru ai
Kati nei ki ahau ko te ara maikuku
Tatau taitamariki kia kaha ra! (Hi! Hi! Hi!)
Horahia te marino i nga wa katoa
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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