Maori-language hymns

This is a list of Christian Maori-language hymns, compiled in honour of  Te Wiki o te reo Māori / Māori Language Week which is usually marked during July or August.

All these hymns are believe to be  free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free).    This means that the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing.

A small selection of copyright hymns many be included, if they are particularly relevant, or to highlight the author or composer if this information is often omitted.

There are considerable challenges in identifying the original author of some Maori language hymns, which started to be used as prayers by a community at unknown times.    If you believe that some of the items listed here are actually copyright, please leave a message in the Comments section ad the bottom of the page.


Free-use hymns suggestions

Au, e Ihu

Awe Maria

E Hara I Te Mea

E Ihowā Atua (the National anthem)

E Te Ariki

E Te Atua

E Te Tamaiti

E Toru Ngā Mea

Koutou Katoa Ra

Ma te Marie

Mo Maria

Tama Ngakau Marie

Te Aroha

Te Karakia O Te Atua (the Our Father)

Whakaaria Mai


Suggested hymns which may still be copyright

Ka Waiata ki a Maria - composed by Richard Puanaki




Other suggestions are welcome: leave a comment below.



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