NAU MAI, HAERE MAI
HE RĀ ANŌ – Modern Māori Quartet, acapella
HAERE MAI MEDLEY – Various, arr. Claire Cowan
Haere Mai by Sir Apirana Ngata
Nau Mai, Haere Mai, traditional folk song
Everything is Ka Pai by Sam Freedman
FLOAT ON – Marvin Willis, Arnold Ingram & James Mitchell, arr. MMQ
This is how the party begins. Chairs are set up and the manuhiri start arriving. They come prepared with drinks (Raro/Thrifty) and trademark dishes in hand. The atmosphere is warm and buzzing with whānau and friends mingling, laughing and catching up. Strangers are welcomed and encouraged to relax, get to know people and enjoy the night ahead.
KAI IS READY
PAKANGA MEDLEY – Various, arr. Chris Gendall
Te Hokowhitu Toa by Tuini Ngāwai
Tomo Mai / Hoki Mai by Hēnare Waitoa
E te Hokowhitu-a-Tū by Tuini Ngāwai
Pō Atarau by Clement Scott, Maewa Kaihau & Dorothy Stewart
WHO WE ARE – Modern Māori Quartet, arr. Matthew Faiumu Salapu a.k.a. Anonymouz
MĀREIKURA – Modern Māori Quartet, arr. Chris Gendall
PUNCHING – Modern Māori Quartet,arr. Gareth Farr
The BBQ is crackling away, the salads and parāoa are laid out and the smell is emanating throughout the neighbourhood. Old war stories and waiata are shared by Kuia and Koroua who are looked after with a kapu tī and some fresh rēwana. As the wāhine busy themselves with acts of manaaki tāngata they are acknowledged as the lifeblood of the family and of gatherings like these. Karakia is said and kai begins.
FULL OF AROHA
OUTTA HERE – Modern Māori Quartet, arr. Matthew Faiumu Salapu a.k.a. Anonymouz
UPON A STAR – Modern Māori Quartet,arr. Chris Gendall
COME TO ME – Modern Māori Quartet, arr. Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper
DON’T FALL IN LOVE – Modern Māori Quartet, arr. Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper
The kai has been enjoyed by all with plenty of leftovers for a sneaky second round later in the night. The dishes are done and clean-up is over. The pākeke disappear inside and leave the young ones to carry on the party as the guitar comes out. Now the voices let rip. Songs of love, loss and longing are sung with hearty harmonies and uninhibited truth.
PLAY SOMETHING WE ALL KNOW
AROHA MEDLEY – Various, arr. Chris Gendall
Here Is My Heart by Dilworth Karaka, Charlie Tumahai & Tama Renata
I Don’t Want To Talk About It by Danny Whitten
All By Myself by Eric Carmen
I Want To Know What Love Is by Mick Jones
Wairua Ō Te Puna by M & L Hōri Tait
TEN GUITARS – Gordon Mills, arr. Robbie Ellis
SHINE – Modern Māori Quartet, arr. Matthew Faiumu Salapu a.k.a. Anonymouz
The guitar party is in full swing now with plenty of laughter and cheeky banter. Classic songs echo out into the night. Everyone is joining in, even some of the tamariki who should be in bed by now. This is when the magic happens, where dreams are made and wishes come true. The drinks are all but gone and the leftovers are being tucked into.
ONE FOR THE ROAD
HAERE RĀ – James Tito, arr. Mark Dennison
TILL – Charles Danvers & Carl Sigman, arr. Hi-Marks
PŪNGĀWEREWERE – Robert Ruha, arr. Gareth Farr
Things start to wind down and the party is nearly over. It’s time to say goodbye. The die-hards linger, hoping for the guitar to come out again but like all good things, the party comes to an end. The best songs are saved for last and everyone’s thanked for coming to share in the nights festivities and for creating some new, special memories.