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
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Tiaho Mai

  • Composer: Ngoi Pēwhairangi,
  • Year: 1950 -
  • Genre: Waiata-ā-ringa
  • Ref#: PEW013

Lyrics

Tiaho mai te marama
Hei māramatanga rā e
Mō ngā tamariki Māori e tau nei
Hāpainga the whakapono rā e
Taupokitia te kino
Kia tau ai te rangimārie

Nō reira e Te Matua Rawa
Toro iho mai ō ringa
Kauparetia atu te kino
Ahakoa ngā taupatu
O ngā tini takawaenga
Kaua rawa tātou katoa e tautoko
Kōkiritia ngā tūmanako
Kia kore e tutuki
Ngā mahi hē mō te iwi Māori e

Nō reira e Te Matua Rawa
Toro iho mai ō ringa
Kauparetia atu te kino
Kauparetia atu te kino

Explanation

‘Tiaho Mai’ was composed by Ngoi in the 1950s. She reminds us of the importance of peace, tranquillity and the power of God, to whom we should give thanks for the many gifts he has given to mankind, and she writes that through our strong faith in God, we are able to conquer all obstacles.