music notes

Waiata

Waiata Lyrics in Mäori Translation
To the tune of "To all the girls I've loved before".
Tino Rangatiratanga
Tikina rä te käkano Bring here the seed
nö Rangiätea anö from Rangiätea
poipoia rawatia swinging and circling (in the wind)
kia kore e ngaro so it will not be lost
kia kore e memehä rä. so that it won't dissolve into nothing.
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Kia mau ki tö reo Mäori e Hold strong to your Mäori language
Kia ü ai ki tö mana e Hold firm to your mana/self-respect
mana motuhake your strength of independence
mana tüturu ai your natural/original strengths
tino rangatiratanga. your sovereignty.
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Mana Mäori, Mäori pride/strength/self-respect,
motuhake, independence,
rangatiratanga. chieftainship.