Topic: Ana Hato

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A brief biography

Excerpt from Daily Post, 13 February 1993 p16.

Ana was born in Ngapuna to parents Riripati Eperima and Hato Ngamahirau in 1906. Ana received her early education at Whakarewarewa Native School. Her parents always encouraged her in her outstanding vocal talent and in about 1925 Ana toured Australia with Guide Eileen's Concert Party, her singing won her wide acclaim. Promoted by the Parlophone Company (Record Company of Australia) Ana and her cousin Deane Waretini made 14 records of traditional and contemporary Maori music. She and Deane also produced many recordings for Radio New Zealand. Ana sang at the reception for the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927.

In 1933 Ana formed her own concert party and travelled throughout NZ. She gave many concerts for charity and contributed enthusiastically to the wartime patriotic funds and her beloved Catholic Church.  She also raised funds for the Women's Health League to build it's own hostel in Rotorua, the Janet Fraser Memorial Guesthouse at the foot of Pukeroa Hill (Ranolf Street). Ana sang at the opening ceremony of Rotorua's first radio station 1YZ in 1949.

She married Pahau Raponi who left to serve in the first Maori contingent to the Second World War. He was taken prisoner at Crete and died in the POW camp in Germany. 

Ana died after a long illness in 1953.

For more information and photographs see the biographical entry on Te Ara

Ana was also a registered Guide from 1923-1946.


The famous Ana Hato and the Tuhourangi Maori Entertainers will give their unique entertainment in the Peerless Hall, Rotorua. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8 pm. Rotorua Press [Front cover. 1930s]. [Programmes and other ephemera relating to Maori concerts, festivals and entertainment. 1930-1939].. Ref: Eph-A-MAORI-CONCERT-1930s-01-front. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.


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Ana Hato

First Names:Ana Matawhaura
Last Name:Hato