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Maori Language Week

This coming week is Maori Language Week and for the blog I thought I would share several of my songs sung in Maori.

Many years ago as a 1st year seminarian we were introduced to Maori language and my uncle

Fr Bob Lee who was also a Marist priest used to visit our family when I was young and I was always impressed by the way he pronounced Maori. He was the principal of Hato Paora College in Fielding for several years. I hadn’t really heard Maori spoken in this way before. This was way before TV and radio presenters attempted to speak Maori according to its correct pronunciation and before I experienced a powhiri on the Marae.

As Marists, we have just celebrated on September 12th our major feast day, The Holy Name of Mary. To bear the name of Mary has deep significance for us. Coincidently, many of the songs I sing in Maori are dedicated to her. I thought it appropriate to share them this week.

Today I share with you E Maria which features on YouTube as well. Of course, many of you have heard this song before.

On Tuesday, the students here at Marist Seminary are posting a new song off my latest album, ‘Light in the Lockdown’, called ‘E kawe ana te kupu’ (I carry the Word). I will share it with you then.

And later in the week I will post a Maori Medley of Marian Songs from the album ‘Truly Blessed’.

Blessings for the week to come. I am loving the beautiful spring days.

Arohanui koutou.

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