This week our Waiatatia group were honoured to be invited to sing Waiata at the Citizenship Ceremony at Memorial Hall. This was the first Citizenship Ceremony since the Covid Lock down last year, so it was an important day for a lot of people. Over 60 new citizens were welcomed to our beautiful country of Aotearoa.
Our first waiata, Te Pū, we performed as a haunting arcapella version as we moved into position in front of the stage. This waiata tells the creation story, from the nothing… to beginning of man-kind.
Our second waiata, Te iwi e, has been one of our main go-to waiata that we like to sing as a welcome to the event/hui.
Our last waiata, Ko te Waipounamu, is a song that recognises the local iwi and welcomes one and all to the beautiful South Island.
Ka nui aku mihi ki ngā manu tioriori o te rōpū Waiatatia. He reka rawa atu ō koutou reo waiata.