The 1982 closure of the Pātea freezing works could have led to the death of the town. Salvation came from an unlikely source – the lively song ‘Poi e’, by Dalvanius Prime and Ngoi Pēwhairangi, became a 1984 hit single for the Pātea Māori Club.
Listen to a Roadside Story about Pātea and the Pātea Māori Club. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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