Story: Folk, country and blues music

Singing 'Pōkarekare ana'

The crowd at a rugby match sing what is sometimes called New Zealand's unofficial national anthem, 'Pōkarekare ana'. A Māori love song which originated among soldiers from Northland during the First World War, it became familiar to generations of New Zealanders, both Māori and Pākehā.

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Chris Bourke, 'Folk, country and blues music - Folk music – the voice of the people, 1790s to 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014