Ope Whanarere

He was born at Kaiwhaiki and was educated at Upokongaro Primary School. He was a labourer and a shearer until he became paralysed. He composed a number of waiata and sung by the people melodies by John Simon. He is from Kaiwhaiki, Wanganui. He wrote another poi song.

Biographical sources

  • Phone conversation with Arama Whanarere on 29 and 30 Aug. 1998.
  • Whanarere, Ope. “Te Wai o Whanganui/That Rapidly Descends, the River of Wanganui [first line].” Te Ao Hou 24 (1958): 21.