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East Coast oriori

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Listen to this extract from an oriori, or traditional song for a young child, composed by Hinekitawhiti, an East Coast woman of mana, for her mokopuna (granddaughter) Ahuahukiterangi, who lived at Ariuru in Tokomaru. In the song the grandmother bids her granddaughter call on her relatives from ...

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Te Tō Waka, the canoe portage

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Te Tō Waka, the narrow stretch of land between the Tāmaki River and the Manukau Harbour, was used extensively by Māori as they travelled between the east and west coasts. Listen to the traditional chant used by the Tainui people while they dragged their canoes across the isthmus. Today the ...

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Tainui hauling chant

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

This karakia was allegedly chanted by the crew of the Tainui as they pulled their canoe across the 200-metre portage separating the Tāmaki River from the Manukau Harbour. The portage was a major route linking the east and west coasts. Today, as the photo of the west end of the portage ...

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‘Towards Banks Peninsula’

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Denis Glover was one of the writers who came of age in the 1930s and began to explore the meaning and mythology of the land. In this extract from his 1958 poem ‘Towards Banks Peninsula’, he describes a walk from Port Levy to Pigeon Bay. The photo looks across Lyttelton Harbour to ...

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Blackberry patch

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Listen to George Paul of Te Awamutu talk about the introduction of blackberries to the King Country. Blackberries were first noticed growing wild in New Zealand in 1899. Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any...

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