'Te kāinga tupu' was a translation by Āpirana Ngata of the American song 'Home sweet home'. Other contemporary waiata that Ngata composed based on English songs were 'Tipirere' ('It's a long way to Tipperary') in 1914 and 'He putiputi koe' ('Flower from an old bouquet') in 1923. This version was printed in a booklet produced as a souvenir of the Maori Congress in 1908.
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Reference: Hone Heke and A. T. Ngata, Souvenir of Māori Congress, July 1908: scenes from the past with Māori versions of popular English songs. Wellington: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1908, p. 16
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