Opening of Tamatekapua Meeting House. Part 1 of 6

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Tono kōrero mai

The recording opens with Sir Apirana Ngata's message to Professor James Shelley, (Director of the National Broadcasting Service), commending him on the staff members who he sent to record the waiata and chants at this gathering, which was held at Ohinemutu, Rotorua to mark the opening of the meeting house, Tamatekapua.

After some test recordings of waiata and haka by two Ngāti Porou women and a Ngāi Tuhoe group, the official service begins with haka and then the church service lead by Bishop F.A. Bennett, dedicated to Māori soldiers killed during the war.

The hymn 'Piko nei te matenga' is sung. [This was a hymn sung by Māori soldiers at military burials during both World Wars]

Bishop Bennett begins the sermon referring to the sacrifice made by Māori in WWI, with 350 killed and close to 350 killed already "in the current war".

The recording ends after "God Save the King' is sung in Māori, followed by some instructions from Sir Apirana Ngata to the crowd.

[N.B. Further details are contained in the AMPM Catalogue of Radio NZ Recordings of Māori Events 1938 - 1950, page 45.]

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Reference number 43110

Media type AUDIO

Source Sound Collection

Credits Ngata, Apirana Turupa (b.1874, d.1950), Speaker/Kaikōrero; Bennett, F. A. (Frederick Augustus), 1871-1950, Speaker/Kaikōrero; Mahuika, Hamana, Singer; Awatere, Pehikura, Singer;

Duration 00:53:37

Date 24 Mar 1943