Celebrate Maori Language Week 2016 – Whakanuia Te Wiki O Te Reo Maori

July 6th 2016
This week is Maori Language Week - Te Wiki o te Reo Maori ... what better time to immerse yourself in some sweet local music in te reo Maori!

This week is Maori Language Week - Te Wiki o te Reo Maori ... what better time to immerse yourself in some sweet local music in te reo Maori!

 

Our Rāapa waiata of the day is by our Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme Mentors Rob Ruha and Maisey Rika, "Waiaroha" with keys by Seth Haapu and strings by The Black Quartet.

"This waiata speaks of the changing nature in relationships between lovers. It metaphorically expresses the journey of life and love through the symbol of a fern leaf on a river. At times the leaf is at the mercy of turbulent rapids and rushing water, other times its excited by the swift currents or caressed by the deeper, calm spots in the river. All currents eventually flowing towards the sea: the symbol of boundless unity."

Listen and watch the video for the song here

 

Verse 1
Maringi noa ngā roimata
Kahu ai te pōuri
Pokepokea mai te māramatanga
O ngā whetū

Pre-chorus
Wai ka ripo, wai ka huri te rau aruhe
Aue, pupū - hihī
Mirimiri te rau aruhe
[E] tanuku i ngā waipuke

Chorus
Wai aroha rere tōtika
Rere tika ki te moana
Waiho ngā pikotanga
Kia aio te rere, te rere
Kaua e papaki kino e wai
I ngā pari e tāwharau nei
Te aruhe taku rau taonga
Wai-aroha, wai-marino

Verse 2
Hikina te pō; haruru te ao, haruru te wai
I nga kōawa o aku mahara
Pōraruraru noa

Pre-Chorus , Chorus

Bridge
Taupatupatu, pōteretere te rau aruhe
Kati te kō e wai
I te rau e whana nei e koe

 

 

Some useful Maori Language Week links:


Te Ara – Encyclopedia of New Zealand
  

Te Pūoro Māori Wikipedia 

Waiata Maori Music Awards

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