Composer

Pēwhairangi, Te Kumeroa Ngoingoi (Ngoi)

Ngoi Pēwhairangi

1921 – 1985

Born Te Kumeroa Ngoingoi Ngawai on 29 December 1921 at Tokomaru Bay on the East Coast of the North Island, she was known affectionately as Ngoi. Ngoi was the eldest of five children of Hori Ngawai of Te Whanau-a-Ruataupare of Ngāti Porou of Tokomaru Bay, and his wife, Wikitoria Te Karu, of Ngāti Koi in the Hauraki region. Ngoi was raised in the Ringatu faith by her relatives Huka Pohaera and Raiha Kamau at Waiparapara. Her father, who worked as a labourer, was a minister of this church and an advocate of the Kotahitanga movement, which Ngoi herself later supported.

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Songs by this composer
Te Ipukarea

Ko au

  • Composer: Ngoi Pēwhairangi,
  • Year: 1972
  • Genre: Waiata-ā-ringa
  • Ref#: PEW009

Lyrics

Ko au he manu
Ka tū ka rere mai

He tau, he tau nā
Ka hoki mai anō

Ki te āwhina auē
Ngā taonga aroha
Hei maunga ringa
Mō tēnei reanga