These waiata (songs) are freely available to anyone interested in learning songs in te reo Māori.
These songs are sang by staff at Te Ara Poutama, Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development.
You can download these waiata as mp3s for your player or as m4a files which have a video component providing visuals of the lyrics to help you learn.
You can enter this url: http://autonline.aut.ac.nz/podcasts/21115/index.xml when subscribing to podcasts through the iTunes media player.
This waiata is a song appropriate for welcoming visitors. The lyrics along with a melodious air resonates 'aroha' love and affection for all visitors irrespective of religion, race or creed. mp3 and m4a
A song of welcome sung by Inia te Wiata in 1966. This waiata welcomes all peoples onto the marae, the place where Māori tikanga (customs and protocols) may be practiced and taught as a means of upholding the teachings of our ancestors. mp3 and m4a
Composed by Julian Wilcox and to the air of 'Hurt' by The Manhattans, this waiata praises the Lord for the treasure gifted to all - 'Te reo Māori'. Another theme within this waiata is that we nurture and foster te reo Māori as once our ancestors did, likening the cultural prestiege of 'pounamu' or greenstone, to te reo Māori. mp3 and m4a
Henare Waitoa composed this song in Ruatoria in 1946 to welcome home survivors of the 28th Maori Battalion. Later, a happier, more lyrical party version evolved in Rotorua and popularized by the Howard Morrison Quartet. [mp3 and m4a]