The following waiata were compiled by Toby Rikihana, for primary and secondary teachers. Because of the popularity of many songs, many versions were sung throughout the country and the writer at times had difficulty in deciding which versions should be included in the book. On occasion the original was selected with one or two alternative words or lines included at the ends of the waiata, at other times later versions because of changes in rangi (tunes) or words that the general public tended to favour were selected for inclusion in the books. Waiata Maori Volume 1 includes 20 pages of Maori myths and legends. Each of the waiata included in this book is written in Maori and includes the English translation. Musical script and actions for some waiata are also included. Waiata Maori CD 1 to CD 4 are sold separately and they contain all the songs for volume 1.
I feel very lucky to have found this wonderful resource. Mr Rikihana was my teacher at primary school. He left a beautiful legacy in my heart and memory and taught me a lot of these songs which I still remember today. He unlocked the 'Maori' in me and I will forever honour and praise you Mr Rikihana. Thank you so much for all of the knowledge and seeds you gave me. They are starting to bloom at long last. Arohanui, Hannah x x