music notes

Waiata

Waiata Lyrics in Mäori Translation
Mä Wai Rä
Mä wai rä e taurima Who will stand to guide us
Te marae i waho nei? On the marae now?
Mä te tika, Let it be justice,
Mä te pono, Let it be the truth,
Me te aroha e. And let it be love.
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Tau tahi tau rua First year second year
E kore koe e wareware Don't you forget
Ka piri mai ko te aroha To hold on to love
Hei hoa haerëre. As your travelling companion.
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I mahara hoki au I remembered
He kai pai te aroha Love is a great food (for the soul)
Kähore ia nei He/she is not
He kai kawa e. A sour food.
(Most people stop after verse 1, but there are other verses)