A picture paints, so it is claimed, a thousand words. This particular picture comes
pretty near, showing as it does a dozen New Zealander’s out of their natural environment,
and on display in London NW10 during May 2006.
Graham, on the right in the picture, and wearing a red rose as a button hole, is
my partner, and this picture is from the celebrations on the day of our civil partnership.
There are lots of lovely people in the picture, but a quick name check to Janene
- in black and holding the corner of the flag - who flew all the way from New Zealand
leaving Brooke, Erin, and Cameron with husband Pete - to be with us on our special
day. My favourite in-laws!
As Kiwi away from home, Graham rarely misses the opportunity to have a drink with
friends and break into song. Loudly, if not always tunefully. And only ever one song.
So it was that I thought I’d try to re-inject the song I’d heard so many times before
with a little musicality.
For a start, I hadn’t realised there were more verses. We only ever seem to get treated
Pōkarekare ana ngā wai o Rotorua
Whiti atu koe hine marino ana e.
E hine e hoki mai ra.
Ka mate ahau I te aroha e.
Happy Birthday Graham
So my new arrangement was Graham’s 45th Birthday Present. First performed at his
Birthday Party on Saturday 20th June 2009, at our home in London.
Thanks to all who came along to make the event such a success. To Alexander (Bermange)
for playing us a medley of songs from his shows, and to everyone’s kind words about
this new arrangement.