Waiata o te ra - Song of the day


The song we have choosen for today is a beautiful waiata called "Nga Puawai o Ngapuhi" 

I first learnt this song at whanau noho on my paapaas side being from Te Rarawa Te Aupouri. It was "the waiata". the "go-to" waiata for every hui. I always felt the wairua of this song. Theres one part were it talks aout the mamae and the pouri, but that we had to keep going no matter what as there is a new day . 

This beautiful waiata was written by Piripi Cope  of Ngati Pakau from Te Mahurehure, southern Hokianga. He was a teacher. 

This waiata was written  in 1983 whist he was teaching at Wainuiomata Intermediate, and his class "Te Kahui Tamariki" were the first students to perform this waiata, which was at the time referred to as "Whakarongo Mai". 

It was written because he was annoyed that the language of his people was not being taught enough. This song was his way of expressing his view that Ngapuhi whanau should stand up and fight for the right to speak the language of their ancestors.

It was first recorded in 1994. Piripi died in 2001. 

Moe mai ra e te rangatira, moe mai, moe mai, moe mai.

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