Neil Finn has taken a trip back into New Zealand music history to revive a song which has its origins in World War II and is seen as a starting point in the country's recorded music history.

Finn has re-recorded Blue Smoke, the song penned by Ruru Karaitiana as he headed away to World War II in 1940 with the Maori Battalion.

And he's done it with one of Karaitiana's old band mates, Jim Carter, who played steel guitar on the 1949 studio version.

A portion of the funds from sales of the song will support the RSA's Poppy Appeal.

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The song is available to buy here.

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- nzherald.co.nz