The NZSO Mass Performance of Pōkarekare Ana today

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with composer Ngatai Huata and the Tomoana whānau, invite Aotearoa to join them in performing Pōkarekare Ana from within our bubbles this afternoon at 3pm.

Ms Huata’s grandfather Paraire Henare Tomoana wrote Pōkarekare Ana more than 100 years ago as a love song for his future wife. It has become wone of Aotearoa’s most loved an recognisable waiata’s and has been performed many times over the last 100 years.

Often referred to as New Zealand’s unofficial national anthem, Sir Howard Morrison once said for him it wasn’t just that “I think it’s deeper than that.”

At 3pm today, all kiwis are invited and encouraged to perform or sing Pōkarekare Ana from their balconies, driveways or within their homes while of course maintaining their respective bubbles.

“In these current challenging times, with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra our whānau Tomoana invites New Zealand and the world to join together in song to uplift our spirits and to share our creative gifts of music and song through this popular iconic love song of New Zealand Pōkarekare Ana, written by our grandfather,” says Ms Huata.

“From music, song is born. From song, hope and love transpires – from whence joy, wellness, healing and life is re-energised.”

The NZSO and the Tomoana whānau have provided more details and a lyric and music sheet which you can find HERE to practice before 3pm today.

The NZSO are also encouraging participants to share their performances on social media so look out for these on the NZSO Facebook and Instagram pages. #NZSOengageathome

You can also join in with the NZSO online at with a countdown beginning at 2.50pm and four NZSO players introducing and playing Pōkarekare Ana at 3pm. The links below are where you can find the live performances to join in with from home.

NZSO Facebook Page
NZSO YouTube Page


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