Ana Hato and Deane Waretini were the first New Zealand singers to be recorded commercially locally. The recordings were made by the Australian company Parlophone during the Duke and Duchess of York's tour of Rotorua in 1927. Hato and Waretini went on to make more recordings with the company, popularising what are now well-known Maori songs, such as 'Waiata poi', 'Pōkarekare ana' and 'Pō atarau'. Listen to their version of 'Waiata poi'.
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Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (LP NTK Ana Hato and Deane Waretini/Reference number ID51537)