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Aotearoa Christmas songs - with thanks to Bellasmum

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Old Dec 15th 2013, 11:29 pm
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Old Dec 17th 2013, 6:56 am
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I wanted to do something a bit fancy via You Tube but really that is not on in fairness to the songwriter

So. Here is

A Kiwiana Christmas by Carolyn Winton.

I don't know her and have never met her. I came across the lyrics and loved them so much I asked for a MP3 back then to send to my Dad who loved it also.

Please google and then send her a message if you like. i think it is ace.

Please click this


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(Capo 2)
G D7 G C D7 G
It's a real New Zealand Christmas - there's no fire, no snow, no sleigh!
D7 G A7 D7
Everything has come to a grinding halt and at last it's Christmas Day
G D7 G C B7
We're wearing shorts and jandals, singing songs of Christmas cheer
C G D7 G
Mum's organised the family lunch and dad'll be drinking Kiwi beer!

C G
It's just your typical, traditional Kiwi Christmas Day
D7 G
We're celebrating Christmas in the good old Kiwi way
C G
With fresh-picked peas and new potatoes and mint sauce for the lamb
D7 G
And Grandma's made the Xmas pud and she's glazed the Xmas ham!

The cards are on the mantlepiece, the tinsel is on the tree,
The rellies have brought all their presents and the Queen's face is on TV
Mum's made her own pavlova with kiwifruit on the top
And there's hokey-pokey icecream, and the Chardon's all set to pop!

It's just your typical, traditional Kiwi Christmas Day
Us kids are driving our parents daft - we've been sent outside to play
Dad's cracking another Steinie and Mum's at the kitchen sink
And Grandad's fallen asleep in his chair cos he's had too much to drink!

The temperature is nearing 30 - everyone is feeling the heat
And after lunch, we all crash out cos we had such a lot to eat!
It's great to celebrate Xmas in our special NZ way
So here's a toast to your family: Have a wonderful Xmas Day!

It's just your typical, traditional Kiwi Xmas Day
You can forget the reindeer, ice and snow, and Santa on his sleigh!
It's fun to sit in the blazing sun, enjoying a Kiwi beer
And here's a toast to you and yours: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!!!

(Repeat last chorus)
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I know it's not a Kiwi one but I always associate it with here as it gets a lot of airtime and I had never heard it until I came to NZ. Always makes me laugh.

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I learnt this one at school in the 70's. ( along with a history lesson) I get quite choked up hearing my own children singing it. The tune is lovely too.
(Tis based on the first Christmas service held on these shores in the Bay of Islands.)

Te Harinui

Not on a snowy night
By star or candlelight
Nor by an angel band
There came to our dear land

Te Harinui
Te Harinui
Te Hari-nu-i
Glad tid-ings of great joy

But on a summer day
Within a quiet bay
The Maori people heard
The great and glorious word

The people gathered round
Upon the grassy ground
And heard the preacher say
I bring to you this day

Now in this blessed land
United heart and hand
We praise the glorious birth
And sing to all the earth

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I used 'Christmas in New Zealand' by Dennis Marsh at school the other day when we were comparing Christmas in Northern/Southern hemisphere


And of course the little kids have to sing Pohutukawa Tree Christmas Song!

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Originally Posted by Hokey-pokey View Post
I learnt this one at school in the 70's. ( along with a history lesson) I get quite choked up hearing my own children singing it. The tune is lovely too.
(Tis based on the first Christmas service held on these shores in the Bay of Islands.)

Te Harinui

Not on a snowy night
By star or candlelight
Nor by an angel band
There came to our dear land

Te Harinui
Te Harinui
Te Hari-nu-i
Glad tid-ings of great joy

But on a summer day
Within a quiet bay
The Maori people heard
The great and glorious word

The people gathered round
Upon the grassy ground
And heard the preacher say
I bring to you this day

Now in this blessed land
United heart and hand
We praise the glorious birth
And sing to all the earth
This brings tears to my eyes, so many memories

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rk0ilkdKCBU

Maisey singing Po Marie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o705Eq8hkCc
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Originally Posted by Hokey-pokey View Post
I learnt this one at school in the 70's. ( along with a history lesson) I get quite choked up hearing my own children singing it. The tune is lovely too.
(Tis based on the first Christmas service held on these shores in the Bay of Islands.)

Te Harinui

Not on a snowy night
By star or candlelight
Nor by an angel band
There came to our dear land

Te Harinui
Te Harinui
Te Hari-nu-i
Glad tid-ings of great joy

But on a summer day
Within a quiet bay
The Maori people heard
The great and glorious word

The people gathered round
Upon the grassy ground
And heard the preacher say
I bring to you this day

Now in this blessed land
United heart and hand
We praise the glorious birth
And sing to all the earth
I've always loved this song. I also learnt it at school in the 70s and it's beauty has haunted me ever since. Brought tears to my eyes to hear the Salvation Army choir singing it when we first came to NZ...
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Apologies in advance, but I just couldn't resist. (Feel free to delete if inappropriate)



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