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The Beauty of Maori Song


Nz recordings other genres Publication year: 1998

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St. Joseph's Maori Girls College is one of the oldest of the Maori church boarding schools in the country. It was established on Bluff Hill in Napier in 1867, at the request of Father Reignier S.M., who worked amongst the Hawkes Bay Maori at the time. The original building was damaged during the Napier earthquake, and the school was moved to its present site at Greenmeadows in 1935. Today it is a thriving, busy school unable to cope with more than a fraction of the girls who apply each year.

The school has long had a tradition of fine singing, and this, together with the natural rhythm and tunefulness of the girls, has led to the high regard in which the concert party is held by lovers of Maori entertainment, and the world-wide reputation it has gained. Much of the credit for this success must go to Miss Georgina Kingi, herself a past-pupil of the College, who is responsible for the training the girls receive.


Content note

  1. Te Whero
  2. Waiata Poi
  3. Taku Ripene Pai
  4. Hoki Mai Ra
  5. He Wawata
  6. He Raumati
  7. Kuarongorongo
  8. Tu Mai Hohepa
  9. Pokarekare Ana
  10. Te Upoko
  11. I've Got That Joy
  12. He Pono Koia
  13. Nga Whakaaro E
  14. Tenei Au
  15. Te Reo Powhiri
  16. Katahi Ti
  17. Huai Huai
  18. Mehe Manu Rere
  19. Tiaho Po
  20. E Rere Ra Te Matangi
  21. Po Atarau
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