Nga Waiata O Te Iwi

Wednesday 23 March 2011, 9.00 pm on Maori Television

A tribute to the ‘songs of the people’ looking at some of the great Maori composers. Tonight: Wiremu Kerekere not only composed, but also entertained with his unique voice and inimitable piano playing.

Wednesday August 11 at 8.00 PM on Maori Television

Music has always been a way to bring together iwi and whanau, to rejoice in life and share our troubles. This series looks at Maori composers of yesteryear through the eyes of their whanau. A contemporary artist is chosen to perform one of their songs. Tonight: Te Rangi Wananga Kopuanui Karaitiana, of Rangitane descent, was a prolific composer. His most famous composition is Blue Smoke. His family talk about his life and his love of music.

Wednesday July 21 at 8.00 PM on Maori Television

Music has always been a way to bring people together, whether in joy or sadness. This series looks at some influential Maori composers, through the eyes of their whanau. Presented by Te Raumawhitu Kupenga. Tonight: Louisa Flavell was born at a time of great duress for Maori, in the aftermath of the land wars and land confiscation. A gifted composer, she played the piano, sang, and also taught music. Her contemporaries were the likes of Sir Apirana Ngata, Paraire Tomoana and Kingi Tahiwi.

Wednesday July 7 at 8.00 PM on Maori Television

Season premiere! A tribute to the ‘songs of the people’ looking at some of the great Maori composers. Tonight: Wiremu Kerekere not only composed, but also entertained with his unique voice and inimitable piano playing.

Sunday May 18 at 8.30 PM

Te Raumawhitu Kupenga presents this series that looks at Maori composers and the songs we love to hear and sing. Tonight: Sir Apirana Ngata and his composition ‘He Putiputi Koe’, plus Brannigan Kaa in the studio.

Sunday May 11 at 8.30 PM

The series that pays tribute to the ‘songs of the people’ by looking at some of the great Maori composers, and the stories behind their songs. Tonight: Tuini Ngawai’s composition Arohaina Mai. Ruia Aperahama is in the studio.

Sunday May 4 at 8.30 PM

A series that pays tribute to the ‘songs of the people’ by looking at some of the great Maori composers. Tonight: Henare Waitoa wrote the famous piece Tomo Mai.

Sunday April 27 at 8.30 PM

There’s not a New Zealander who doesn’t know Po Karekare Ana but few know the superb composer Paraire Tomoana. Toni Huata is the featured contemporary singer/composer and she talks about the influence this song has had on her.

Sunday April 20 at 8.30 PM

Te Raumawhitu Kupenga fronts this series that looks at Maori composers and the ‘songs of the people’ that we love to hear and sing. Tonight: Features Fanny Rose Howie and her composition ‘Hine E Hine’ plus singer-songwriter Whirimako Black is in the studio.

Sunday April 13 at 8.30 PM

This new series pays tribute to the ‘songs of the people’ by looking at some of the great Maori composers. Their names are not well known to many but the songs they wrote are.