Story: Waiata hōu – contemporary Māori songs

Hirini Melbourne, 'Te pūtōrino a Raukatauri'

This waiata refers to the pūtōrino (flute) of Raukatauri, the goddess of music. It is one of many waiata by Tūhoe composer Hirini Melbourne, pictured here (right) performing with Richard Nunns at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Melbourne and Nunns were key in the revival of taonga puoro (traditional instruments), including the pūtōrino.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Richard Nunns Collection
Reference: PAColl-9112-3-076

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Image courtesy of Richard Nunns. Sound file from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision – Radio New Zealand collection. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision (Tihore mai te rangi - Hirini Melbourne/Reference number ID44030)

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How to cite this page:

Piri Sciascia and Paul Meredith, 'Waiata hōu – contemporary Māori songs - Waiata-ā-ringa – Māori action songs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/music/44809/hirini-melbourne-te-putorino-a-raukatauri (accessed 1 May 2017)

Story by Piri Sciascia and Paul Meredith, published 22 Oct 2014