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The Patea Maori Club became a household name in NZ in 1984 when Poi E spent 22 weeks in the charts, 4 of them at no.1. A dispute over rights meant that TVNZ pulled the song, despite this the song was still successful in the charts.

A Kiwi classic, Prime Minister Helen Clark has said Poi E is her "favourite song of all time." (

Written in 1982 but not picked up by recording companies, the song was recorded after Dalvanius formed his own company in 1983.

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Year 1983

Reference number F110227

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Music video

Duration 0:04:05

Production company Maui Records, Valdini Productions

Taonga Māori Collection Yes

Credits Producer: Paul Carvell
Director: Paul Carvell
Lyrics: Te Kumeroa Ngoingoi Pēwhairangi
Music: Maui Dalvanius Prime
Creative Team: Warrick Attewell (aka Waka)
Creative Team: Paul Carvell
Editor: Annie Collins