It was common for Māori lyrics to be combined with easy rhythm melodic Western tunes. Whakarongo ake rā (Here we greet you) is based on the melody of Percy Wenrich's Moonlight Bay.
Track twenty from Ake, Ake Kia Kaha E! Songs of the 28 (Māori) Battalion
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