The Kiwi Club from Gisborne performs the song 'I nga tau tata' and part of the haka 'Ruaumoko' in support of speeches at the reunion of ex-service people at Uepohatu Marae in 1947. See the programme here.
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.
Site editors note: Background talk from the gathering is part of this recording, including Sir Apirana Ngata introducing the item.
A T Ngata: (Introducing item) A Kia ora tatau! Ka tae nei ki ga korero me turituri! A ko te Nati he iwi hoihoi. A kei a koutou kei te kimi waiata kinaki mot e korero a (Someone) Campbell. Te Kiwi Club from Gisborne.
Kaea: I nga tau nei
Torona kei waho!
Katoa: I nga tau tata nei
I nga tau roa
Ka huihui tatou e
He aha i hui ai?
He aroha ra
Ki nga hoa i te po
Takoto kino mai e tama ma
Hei aki tonu mau ki pamamao
Takoto i te moenga roa
Mohou mo koutou e
E nga taitamariki o Aotearoa
Kia ora e tama ma
I haere koutou
Kia maia e!
Te ao e tohe tonu nei
I naia ko te he e rangona nei
Te pu me te pakanga he huna ra
Te momo o te tangata kia tipu ai
Mohou mo koutou e
Tahi rua toru wha! Hi!
Kaea: Kokoma! Kokomako
Katoa: Ko te hau tapu e rite ki te kai na Matariki
Tapareireia koi e tapa
Tapa konunua koi ana tukua
Hi! Aue! Hi!
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Image: Crop of programme from the Special Reunion of ex-service personnel. See full image.
National Library of New Zealand
005 - Papers re Uepohatu hall and a reunion, 1947
Reference Number: MS-Papers-6919-0163. Sir Apirana Turupa Ngata Collection, 1874-1950 : Papers (MS-Group-0941)