Moteatea Series Premiere

Wednesday April 7 at 8.00 PM on Maori Television

Series premiere! The ancient songs were whakapapa put into song. They are often laments that depict something that happened in life, such as the loss of a beloved relative. For fluent reo speakers, the language is very distinct, like a modern day person translating Shakespearean English. It is a gift to be able to write this way. Different iwi sing their own waiata. Today: Moteatea from Taranaki and Ngapuhi, plus a Radio New Zealand archive recording of ‘Rakaiwetenga’ sung by Sir Apirana Ngata.

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