Story: Waiata hōu – contemporary Māori songs

Deane Waretini and Ana Hato

Cousins Ana Hato (Ngāti Whakaue and Tūhourangi) and Deane Waretini (Tūhourangi) popularised Māori music. They were probably the first Māori singers to be commercially recorded singing Māori songs. 'Waiata poi', 'Pōkarekare ana' and 'Pō atarau' all became popular after Hato and Waretini recorded them. Their version of Paraire Tomoana's iconic love song 'Pōkarekare ana', heard here, dates from around 1929.

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Reference: Eph-A-PHONO-1930-01-5

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Piri Sciascia and Paul Meredith, 'Waiata hōu – contemporary Māori songs - First World War waiata', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Piri Sciascia and Paul Meredith, published 22 Oct 2014