New Zealand

New Zealand

Today, learn about a famous song from New Zealand called “Pokarekare Ana”, the Maori Poi dance, and an instrument called the pūtōrino.

“Pokarekare Ana”

“Pokarekare Ana” may be New Zealand’s best-known song. It originated some time around World War I. The lyrics tell the tale of two people in love, separated by water that will never be strong enough to keep the two apart.

The Maori Poi Dance:

Dance the Poi Dance:

If you don't have a poi, you can either make one (see video at end of this lesson) or just use a piece of string, a bandana, a scarf, or something similar!

A wind instrument called pūtōrino:

Optional Activity: Make a Maori Poi craft