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Te Harinui

for two-part choir

Year:  1959   ·  Duration:  3m

Year:  1959
Duration:  3m

Composer:   Willow Macky


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Arranged by Sarah McDonald

Te Harinui has become New Zealand’s best-loved iconic Christmas carol, and was first performed in New Zealand by an Australian choir in 1959. The carol commemorates the first New Zealand Christmas in the Bay of Islands in 1814, and the coming together of Maori and Pakeha at that time. The first recording on Kiwi Pacific’s EP record Bay of Islands in 1964 was presented to Samuel Marsden’s direct descendant and namesake in that year. This work is widely sung and performed at Christmas, and has also set by choral directors in England and Canada.

Text note

Text by Willow Macky

Performance history

Performed by the Wellington Youth Choir conducted by Stuart Douglas