10 May 2010

Hirini Melbourne (1949-2003)

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 10 May 2010
Hirini Melbourne

Hirini Melbourne Photo: University of Waikato


Dr Hirini Melbourne of Ngāi Tūhoe and Ngāti Kahungunu was a significant leader in the revival of Māori culture through his waiata and use of taonga pūoro .

Six programmes presented by Paul Diamond tell the story of Hirini Melbourne's life and work.

Hirini Melbourne composed exclusively in Maori, reflecting his upbringing in a Maori speaking world in the Ruatoki Valley where the only people who spoke English were the school teacher and the shop keeper, and children had to translate for their elders.

As well as composing and performing music, Hirini Melbourne was involved with many other activities.  During his time at Waikato University he became Dean of the school of Mäori and Pacific Development.  Hirini translated books into Maori, and his Maori language books were also translated into English.  He was also a member of the New Zealand Film Commission and other arts organisations.

Further Episodes:

  • Hirini Melbourne, Part 2 - The Natural World
  • Hirini Melbourne, Part 3 - Music and Protest
  • Hirini Melbourne, Part 4 - Lost Voices of Taonga Pūoro
  • Hirini Melbourne, Part 5 - Composer of Waiata
  • Hirini Melbourne, Part 6 - Collaborations and Mentoring
  • Music Details for Part 1:

    MELBOURNE      Ngā Tamariki o te Kohu, from Te Wao Nui a Tāne - Huia CD001

    MELBOURNE      Poaka Kunekune – Sound Archives/ Ngā Taonga Korero

    MELBOURNE      Kōrero Māori E, from He Waiata ma te Katoa - MED 782.4207

    MELBOURNE      Weri, from Te Aitanga a Tāne - Replay Radio RR118

    MELBOURNE      Kōrero Māori, from Ruatoki Children sing... - Replay Radio RR515 

    MELBOURNE      Maungapōhatu -RNZ

    MELBOURNE      Uira – Sound Archives/ Ngā Taonga Korero

    MELBOURNE      Hinemoana, from Toiapiapi - Titi Tangiao TT 001

    NUNNS Kōau, from Te Ku Te Whe - Rattle RATCD 004

    MELBOURNE      Tumatakōkiri, from Te Ku Te Whe - Rattle RATCD 004

    MELBOURNE      E Rere te Manu, from Te Kuraroa - Kia Ata Mai CD 001

    MELBOURNE      Te Kōrero o te Kōhatu II, from Te Hekenga ā Rangi - Rattle RAT 010