Taye in­spired by sad song of war

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Year 10 Aotea Col­lege stu­dent Taye Tib­ble said she was shocked to be given top hon­ours in a Maori es­say com­pe­ti­tion.

Taye won $800 for her com­po­si­tion on the 1946 New Zealand folk song Tomo mai e tama ma and its sig­nif­i­cance to Maori to­day.

The con­test was run by the Ngarimu Trust, which asked stu­dents to write on the 28th Maori Bat­tal­ion to test their un­der­stand­ing of their her­itage.

Taye said in­spi­ra­tion from her grand­mother was ‘‘heaps of help’’.

‘‘ My grand­mother, Char­lotte Karaka, was there when the 28th Maori Bat­tal­ion came home and she per­formed that song. Her brother died in the war and now she can see the sig­nif­i­cance of what he did for our coun­try.’’

Taye hopes Kiwi kids will stand to­gether in the fu­ture like her an­ces­tors did.

‘‘[ Tomo mai e tama ma] was quite a sad and som­bre song about wel­com­ing the sol­diers in the 28th Maori Bat­tal­ion home from war. It was re­made years later by Sir Howard Mor­ri­son and he called it Hoki mai e tama ma, which had a hap­pier tone to it. I wrote about how they’re both about mov­ing on from sad­ness and into a hap­pier fu­ture. For me, it’s about fam­ily and the whole of New Zealand com­ing to­gether.’’

Te Papa board chair­man and for­mer sol­dier Sir Wira Gar­diner pre­sented Taye with her award at a prize­giv­ing on De­cem­ber 2.

Aotea Col­lege board mem­ber Mark Uri-Puati said the com­pe­ti­tion was not just about writ­ing an es­say.

‘‘It’s about un­der­stand­ing what they’re writ­ing about. The es­say topics chal­lenged their un­der­stand­ing about the war and made them think about its sig­nif­i­cance to them.’’

Back in time: Taye Tib­ble won an es­say-writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion with a piece about keep­ing the me­mory of the 28th Maori Bat­tal­ion alive in New Zealand.

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