Radio commentary about the Ngāruawāhia Regatta

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In English, commentator Charles Bennett describes events due to happen the following day, when the Ngāruawāhia Regatta takes place. Even more people are expected to attend. 

The commentary then describes the ceremony held that morning when the Governor-General and his wife arrived on board the waka taua, Te Winika accompanied by waka tīwai. This was the first time in 30 years that a dignitary had been conveyed on a waka taua. 

He explains how a tree is selected to make a canoe and the ancient ceremonial rituals surrounding this.

Bennett ends the broadcast and signs off. 

This excerpt was taken from the recording 319779: Opening of Tūrongo House – Part Six, you can listen to the full item here.

Image credit: Framegrab from By War Canoe to Māori Kings New Home, 1938 (F47850 Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision)

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Year 1938


Announcer: Charles Bennett

Excerpt: 00:08:07

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