Story: Urban Māori

Waiata poi

This waiata poi (chant to accompany a poi dance), composed by Ruka Broughton in the 1960s, refers to changes in Māori society at that time. Its main subject is the migration of young Māori from the country to the city, and the challenges they face.

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Reference: Waiata poi - composed by Ruka Broughton/MPT 1935

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Paul Meredith, 'Urban Māori - Hopes and reality', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/music/3574/waiata-poi (accessed 20 May 2019)

Story by Paul Meredith, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 17 Feb 2015