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Tuini Ngawai

Tuini Ngawai Maori songwriter

Maori songwriter
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Maori songwriter
Was Songwriter
From New Zealand
Type Music
Gender female
Birth 5 May 1910
Death 12 August 1965 (aged 55 years)
The details

Tuini Moetu Haangu Ngawai (5 May 1910 – 12 August 1965) was a well-known Māori songwriter, teacher, shearer and cultural adviser.
Her iwi is Ngati Porou and her hapu is Te Whanau a Ruataupare. Born at Tokomaru Bay, her twin sister died in infancy, and Moetu was given the name Tuini, a transliteration of twin. Tuini Ngawai composed many songs using European tunes, to encourage Māori pride and, from 1939, to raise morale among Māori at home and at the war. Many, such as Hoki mai e tama mā and E te Hokowhiti-a-Tū (to the tune of In the Mood) are still sung today. Her niece Ngoi Pēwhairangi was also a composer.

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