Te Harinui


Te Harinui


Te Harinui


Te Harinui


Te Harinui


Te Harinui


Te Harinui


Not on a starry night


Traditional images of Christmas are northern hemisphere ones of winter.

Here in New Zealand, the first country in the world to greet the day, it is mid-summer.

This carol, Te Harinui was written by Willow Macky about what is thought to be New Zealand’s first Christmas service.

Te Harinui

Not on a snowy night
By star or candlelight
Nor by an angel band
There came to our dear land

Te Harinui
Te Harinui
Te Harinui
Glad tidings of great joy

But on a summer day
Within a quiet bay
The Maori people heard
The great and glorious word

Te Harinui . . .
The people gathered round
Upon the grassy ground
And heard the preacher say
I bring to you this day

Te Harinui . . .
Now in this blessed land
United heart and hand We praise the glorious birth
And sing to all the earth

Te Harinui . . .

YouTube has several versions of it.

Te Harinui


When I looked for Te Harinui a couple of years ago there was only one on YouTube, last year there were a couple and now there are several.

This one from the Twyford Singers is the best musically, though it would have been even better had they upped the tempo a bit so it sounds more like a song of celebration than a dirge.

Christmas on-line


Christmas on-line occupied my discussion on Critical Mass today.

Carols for Christmas in the Guardian chosen by Carol Ann Duffy (Hat tip: Beatties Book Blog).

The digital story of the nativity – the old story told through new media.

A social network Christmas:

And on Facebook with comments.

Gift duty ruling stuns North Pole resident at Imperator Fish

And I finished with a plea: my favourite carol is Te Harinui. There are now a few versions of it on youTube but none does it justice. I’m hoping an individual or group with both musical ability and whatever it takes to upload something to youTube will remedy that.

Te Harinui


This is the only version of Te Harinui I can find online.

With all due respect to the children who are doing their best, I don’t think they do justice to what is my favourite Christmas carol.

Top 10 quintessential Kiwi songs


Watching the launch of The Great New Zealand Song Book  on Close Up this evening, and following on from the list of top 10 Kiwi foods I decided to compile a list of top 10 kiwi songs.

In random order, showing my age and a woeful ignorance of modern music, I came up with:

1. Pokarekare Ana

2.  Hine E Hine

3. Te Harinui

4. Ballad of the Waitaki

5. Now is the Hour (Po Atarau)

6. Ten Guitars

7. Poi E

8. Tauramanui on the Main Trunk Line

9. We Don’t Know How Lucky We Are

10. Click Go The Shears (which I think we borrowed from the other side of the Tasman).

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