Performance of the song ‘Tu nei ko te whare' during the opening of the War Memorial Hall 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, 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.
Kaea: Kia rite. Tu nei ko te whare, torono kei waho
Katoa: Tu nei ko te whare Uepohatu
He maharatanga ki nga hoia
Kei tua o nga ngaru, kei tawhiti nui
I te whawhai mohou, moku, mo te ao
Haere mai ra te kawana
E nga iwi haere mai ra
Kia manaakitia koutou
E te Uepohatu haere mai
Kaea: Toru, wha (ano)
Kaea: Tahi, rua, toru, wha
Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, ref: 43116. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright.
Image Nga Taonga a Nga Tama Toa Trust