Hine E Hine

March 21, 2019

E tangi ana koe
Hine e hine
E ngenge ana koe
Hine e hine
Kati tö pouri rä
Noho i te aroha
Te ngäkau o te Matua
Hine e hine

You are weeping
Little girl, darling girl
you are weary
Little girl, darling girl
Be sad no longer
There is love for you
in the heart of the Father
Little girl, darling girl

E tangi ana Koe 
Hine, E Hine! 
Kua ngenge ana koe 
Hine, E Hine! 
Kati to pouri ra 
Noho I te Aroha 
Te ngakau o te Matua 
Hine, E Hine! 

E Hari to moe moea 
Hine, E Hine! 
Marama ahua 
Hine, E Hine! 
I roto I to moenga 
Mehemea he Marama 
Ka tae mai te Reinga 
Hine, E Hine!

[English translation:]

Plaintive all through the night - 
Hine, E Hine! 
Weeping till morning light - 
Hine, E Hine! 
From my care why try to leap 
There is love for you 
Mother's arms their strength will keep 
Hine, E Hine! 
See where there comes the morn 
Hine, E Hine! 
Long rays of early dawn 
Hine, E Hine! 
Shining to Reinga far 
Where thy noble grandsires are 
Nestle Aroha! 
Hine, E Hine!

Oamaru steaming ahead

June 3, 2014

Just a few years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine anyone saying this, let along Dame Kiri Te Kanawa:

. . . While in Dunedin, Dame Kiri said she hoped to visit Dunedin’s Royal Albatross Colony and take a trip to Oamaru.

”I’d like to drive over to Oamaru – it’s so beautiful. . .

I don’t know if her hopes were realised, if they were she would have found the town under full steam for the fifth annual Steam Punk festival:

From Auckland to Ashburton, Oamaru to Opunake and even Invercargill, they steamed into Oamaru for a weekend of Steampunk.

The annual festival, in its fifth year, is growing so rapidly – to 15 events over four days this year – that organisers have a tiger by the tail and will be looking for more help in the future to maintain the momentum. . .

ne of the Steampunk organisers, Helen Jensen, was amazed at how the event had grown from its inception in 2010, when it was a one-day affair – a fashion show with a gala dinner.

But, she admitted, it was getting to be a handful for two main organisers, albeit with a lot of volunteer help.

”If it wasn’t for people popping out of the woodwork, I don’t know where we would be,” she said, pointing to volunteers who had just turned up to offer help getting things ready for yesterday’s fashion show.

The number at the mess dinner with airship and teapot racing had trebled from last year, 110 being fed and entertained.

Yesterday’s fashion show had 130 tickets pre-sold, but attracted far more with casual sales.

The 200 tickets to last night’s dinner were sold out.

She estimated probably 80% to 90% of people at the main events were from out of town, but that had been one of the main aims – to get people to Oamaru as a boost for the town. . .

The weekend’s festivities included Oamaru On Fire which was also a raging success.

A funeral in Darfield on Friday and family and farm commitments had to take priority over most of the festivities.

But I did manage time for a wander around the historic precinct after a visit to the Farmers’ Market on Sunday and was entertained by a wonderful procession of people in Steam Punk attire.

Over at Oamaru Life there are photos and commentary on the Steampunk Festival and Oamaru on Fire  – the latter includes a video of the light show.

The rediscovery of the historic precinct and the introduction of steam punk are just two of the attractions that are putting Oamaru on the map.

It’s still a small town but it’s steaming ahead.


Oamaru Dame’s dream holiday destination

August 25, 2013

How’s this for a recommendation?

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa featured on Sunday this evening.

Miriama Kamo interviewed her and as she wrapped up said she’d asked the Dame what her dream holiday destination was.

The answer?

Oamaru.


Dame Kiri in concert

March 28, 2013

The $10 million refurbishment of Oamaru’s Opera House wasn’t without controversy.

That’s a lot of money for a small town.

But the leadership of the project by then-mayor Alan McLay and then-deputy, now Waitaki MP, Jacqui Dean, prevailed.

Last night the building got the seal of approval from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa who in opening remarks in which she described Opera House as a little gem and spoke of the importance of heritage.

This was the third time I’d heard her in concert. The first was at Millbrook, the second in Dunedin’s town Hall but this was the best.

There was no need for a microphone in the Opera House seats only about 500 people.This created an intimacy as she held us spell bound through a selection of opera and lighter songs.

She had us laughing, and also crying. Danny Boy is a family favourite, we sang it at our son, Dan’s funeral, but we weren’t alone in having tears in our eyes when she sang it.

Her accompanist, Professor Terrence Dennis, was a performer is his own right.

The ODT reports on Dame Kiri’s visit  here and here.

It was a very special night in a gem of a building with a star.


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