Story: Māori composers – ngā kaitito waiata

'Pō! Pō!'

An oriori is a song for a young child which contains complex references to history and mythology. One of the best-known is  ‘Pō! Pō!’, which tells how the kūmara (sweet potato) was brought to New Zealand. It is thought to have been composed by Ēnoka Te Pakaru of Te Aitanga-ā-Māhaki. Listen to an extract, performed by the Waihīrere Māori Club.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Māori composers – ngā kaitito waiata - Traditional composers and compositions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/music/44272/po-po (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 22 Oct 2014