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Jeffrey Paparoa Holman

Fugacity 05


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Mihi and Waiata Powhiri for FUGACITY 05

 

Mihi

(Opening session, 21 April 2005)

Tihei mauri ora! / The breath of life!
Ko te mihi tuatahi ki te Atua nana nei nga mea katoa i hanga. / The first greeting goes to the God who made all things.
E te Rungarawa, kororia ki a koe. / Glory to the mighty one.
E te whare e tu mai nei, e Te Awaroa, tena koe. / Greetings to this house, Te Awaroa, standing here.
E nga tupuna o te whare nei, ara, ko Ta Apirana Ngata, raua ko Bill Te Awaroa Nepia, tena korua. / Greetings to the ancestors in this
house, Sir Apirana Ngata and Bill Te Awaroa Nepia.
E nga mana, e nga reo, e nga iwi, tena koutou katoa. / Greetings to the powers, the languages, the peoples.
Ko Paparoa te maunga, ko Mawhera te awa, ko Rangitikei te waka. / The Paparoas are my mountains, the Grey is my river, ss Rangitikei is my canoe.
E nga manuhiri i huihui mai nei, nau mai, haere mai ki tenei whare tapu, he whare whakahirahira hoki. / Assembled guests, welcome to this sacred place, this great house.
Kaituhituhi ma, e hoa ma, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. / Writers and friends, greetings.
  

Waiata Powhiri / Welcome

(Sung for Bernadette Hall and Michael Harlow at their nzepc webpage launches, Macmillan Brown Centre, 22 April 2005)

Utaina mai nga waka

Utaina mai nga waka
Nga waka o te motu
Toia, toia, toia mai
Ki te takotoranga
A hiki nuku hiki e
Hiki rangi runga e
Tena tena ra koutou katoa.

Awhinatia e te motu
Kia kaha ra, kia kaha ra
Aue, aue, aue, aue, aue!

All aboard the canoes
the canoes of the island.
Drag them landwards
to the places where they will lie
(The canoes) move earthwards (down)
(The canoes) move skywards (up)
Then, greetings to you all.

 

See also http://www.folksong.org.nz/toia_mai/index.html




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