2 Nov 2020

Tuirina WEHI arr Robert Wiremu: Waerenga-a-Hika

From Music Alive, 8:03 pm on 2 November 2020

Performed by the New Zealand Youth Choir conducted by David Squire

This audio is not downloadable due to copyright restrictions.

Jerod Tate and songwriter Tuirina Wehi

Jerod Tate and songwriter Tuirina Wehi Photo: RNZ / Tim Dodd

Tuirina Wehi's waiata, Waerenga-a-Hika, commemorates the events at the pā of that name near Gisborne in 1865 when about 800 local adherents of the Pai Mārire faith barricaded themselves in the pā. Crown forces besieged the pā and after seven days fighting, 71 occupants had been killed. Most of the survivors were taken prisoner and deported to the Chatham Islands.

Recorded by RNZ Concert, Auckland Town Hall, 6 July 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineers: Rangi Powick, Adrian Hollay