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Nga Moteatea The Songs Part Four by Apirana, Sir Ngata

Nga Moteatea The Songs Part Four



Nga Moteatea The Songs Part Four by Apirana, Sir Ngata

This is the fourth and last volume of a new edition of a classic work, the annotated collection of waiata made by a distinguished Maori leader and scholar Apirana Ngata. The waiata in this volume were not translated originally and translations by distinguished Maori scholar Hirini Moko Mead are published here for the first time. Mead's translations are made in the spirit of those of Pei Te Hurinui and in deep sympathy with the Maori text. The translation opens up to a wide readership of Maori and non-Maori, nationally and internationally, the beauty of the poetic language of the waiata and a wealth of information about Maori life. This completely redesigned and reset edition, published in association with the Polynesian Society, preserves the integrity of the original text and commentary but modernises the typography. It includes two CDs of waiata drawn from the Archive of Maori and Pacific Music at the University of Auckland.


A rich source for continuing research and scholarship in all sorts of areas--both nationally and internationally. It is also a prime text in teaching Maori language, literature and tribal history. --Richard Benton, director, James Henare Maori Research Centre

About the Author

SIR APIRANA NGATA (Ngati Porou, 1874-1950) was the leading Maori figure of his day, a land reformer, politician and scholar. He made a vital contribution to the revival of Maori culture in the early years of the twentieth century. HIRINI MOKO MEAD (Ngati Awa) was the foundation professor of Maori Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, is chair of the Ngati Awa Trust Board and founder of Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi. He is the author of many books on Maori art and custom. This new edition is edited for the Polynesian Society by Jenifer Curnow and Jane McRae.

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Publication date

1st August 2007


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Auckland University Press




Folk & traditional music
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