[Interview about Paraire Hēnare Tomoana]

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Tono kōrero mai

Taanga Tomoana talks to broadcaster Ted Nepia about his father, composer Paraire Hēnare Tomoana [in te reo Māori].

He mahara hoki ki a Hēnare Wirepa. Ka kōrero a Taanga mō tōna whakatipuranga, ā i te wā i kuraina ki te kāreti o Te Aute.

He started composing whilst at Te Aute, he learnt musical instruments and his musical and singing talents grew from there - although initially it all started at home. Paraire was a well-known musician and composer, he was also a well known sportsman even though he was a "hape waewae" [lame] it never deterred him at all. Paraire married Elizabeth Minhinnick (Taranaki).

Ka kōrero mō te waiata, 'Hoea rā te waka nei'. The English translation was written by Sir Apirana Ngata, 'Come ye maidens come to me with your gifts of melody'. [Taanga Tomoana sings both versions of the waiata, unaccompanied.]

Ka kōrero mō te waiata, 'E pari rā'. Ka hoki ngā mahara ki ngā tamariki i aitua i tērā taha o te ao (kei te kōrero ia mō ngā mema o te rua tekau mā waru), ō rātou mātua, whaiāipo, hoa tata hoki.

One of those killed was Hemi Kireta Rapaea, he mokopuna nā Te Arahi Te Nahu. He tino hoa te papa ki a Paraire.
He often dreamt about the moana and tides, and just knew he had go to Napier. Whilst walking and looking out to sea for an answer to his dream, the words "e paki ana te tai i te moana" came to him - hence the song 'E pari rā' was born. [He then sings 'E pari ra'.]
Ka kōrero a Paraire mō te waiata 'I runga o ngā puke'. At the time, Ngahiwi Petiha was in hospital in England, he became homesick for his people and Mount Hikurangi, he wrote to Paraire asking him to compose a song. The end product being the composition 'I runga i ngā puke', which Taanga Tomoana sings.

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Reference number 48948

Media type AUDIO

Source Sound Collection

Genre Māori radio programs; Ethnic radio programs; Radio programs; Sound recordings;

Credits Nepia, Ted, Interviewer; Tomoana, Taanga (b.1911, d.1986), Speaker/Kaikōrero;

Duration 00:30:59

Date 1970