Waka Tangata

 

First draft 1991

This version 2006

 

mea pai tenei haerenga                                                this is a good journey

 

ngaro nui, wai makariri                                               big waves, cold water

 

e kite te ahua o te waka                                              observe the form of the canoe

 

 

kei muri a tatou                                                           behind us

 

he tangata noa iho                                                       only people

 

tu ana taurapa                                                              the sternpost standing

 

matakitea                                                                     seer of mystery

 

 

 

kei mua a tatou                                                            ahead of us

 

he tangata noa iho                                                       only people

 

wero ana tauihu                                                           the prow a challenger

 

ki te moana nui a kiwa                                                to the great ocean

 

 

A ha ha!                                                                      A ha ha!

 

hoeia ra te waka nei                                                    put your backs into it

 

waka tangata                                                               we’re all in this together