Story: Waiata tawhito - traditional Māori songs

Singing a traditional waiata

Singing a traditional waiata

This whānau sing a waiata tawhito (traditional waiata). The effort put into the physical performance is as important as that put into the singing – as is evident even in a still photograph.

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Reference: Anne Salmond, Hui: a study of Māori ceremonial gatherings. Auckland: A. H & A. W. Reed, 1976
Photograph by Jeremy Salmond

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Rawinia Higgins and Arini Loader, 'Waiata tawhito - traditional Māori songs - Types of waiata', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Rawinia Higgins and Arini Loader, published 22 Oct 2014