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ANO HATO (old photograph found in a shed)
Kia ora everyone
Well, just for something a little different i want to tell you about something that happened to me earlier this year. I was cleaning out a shed in our old whanau home and after sorting through old papers i found some old photographs. One was of a man and a woman by some rocks. They are both wearing piupiu's. Its a very good pic, and on the back written in faded pencil was written ' anohato and husbin'. I started wondering who the couple were and after several dead ends i changed anohato into Ano Hato. After more research i found this in ' Te Ao hou' Magazine from the summer of 1954.
' Mrs Pahau Ratoni - ' Ano Hato '
The well known singer Miss Ano Hato died in the Rotorua Hospital in December after a long illness.She was 47.
Miss Hato who in private life was Mrs Pahau Ratoni, became a prominent singer in duets with her cousin Mr Dean Waretini, a tenor with whom she made recordings in english and in maori.
She sang at the reception for the Duke and Duchess of York in 1927.
Her husband died while a prisoner of war during World War 2.'
Like i said, its something just a little different. 🙂
Wow thats an amazing story..
The photo is obviously the original since it had the writing on the back. Any idea how it may have come to be at your family home?
Did your parents know either Ano or Dean?
Have you tried to find any living descendents in order to return the photo?
I personally have never heard of her but Dean Waretini well most maori over 30 would know him from his famous rendition of the song 'the bridge'
Ae tika, that was indeed something a little different..
Teenaa koe, Tuwhenua
Ano Hato was married to Pahau Raponi. The whakapapa is thus:
I do believe that there may be recordings of her still in existence.