Story: Waiata hōu – contemporary Māori songs

Ngoi Pēwhairangi, 'Whakarongo'

Members of Ngoi Pēwhairangi's group Te Hokowhitu-a-Tū sing 'Whakarongo'. Pēwhairangi composed this waiata at Pākiriki marae, Tokomaru Bay, in response to a request by Waihoroi Shortland and Selwyn Muru of the television programme Koha. 'Whakarongo', as the narrator notes in Māori, is about language revitalisation and retention. The narrator also observes that this waiata was supported by former head of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – Māori Language Commission, Tīmoti Kāretu.

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Piri Sciascia and Paul Meredith, 'Waiata hōu – contemporary Māori songs - Second World War to cultural renaissance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

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