Story: Māori composers – ngā kaitito waiata


Accounts of the renowned composer Mihi-ki-te-kapua differ from tribe to tribe in the central North Island. This 2011 episode of the Māori-language TV series Waka huia refers to her famed lament 'Engari te titi'. Neuton Lambert (Ngāi Tūhoe) explains that Mihi-ki-te-kapua wrote this song after a battle which left her living alone on a remote shore of Lake Waikaremoana.

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Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Māori composers – ngā kaitito waiata - Traditional composers and compositions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 22 Oct 2014