E Pii, e Paa: A poem by Haare Williams #TeWikioteReoMāori #MāoriLanguageWeek #MahuruMaori

E Pii, e Paa: A poem by Haare Williams

This week is Māori Language Week/ Te wiki o Te Reo Māori. So I will be sharing some beautiful poems, proverbs and words in Māori and English for you to enjoy. Here is a poem by Haare Williams from his incredible book of wisdom: Words of a Kaumātua.

E Pii, e Paa tiny bees swarming

E Pii, pō pō ia you are life’s tenderness

Hoki mai kake mai come, return

Hoki mai anō ki ahau rest in my arms

Ko au karanga nei you are me, I am you

E Pii, e Paa, e Pii pō pō e our richness is

Hoki mai rā each other

From Words of a Kaumātua by Haare Williams, edited by Witi Ihimaera

Dr Haare Williams MNZM has been Dean of Māori Education and Māori Advisor to the Chief Executive at Unitec. He was General Manager of Aotearoa Radio. He set up a joint venture with the South Seas Film and Television School to train Te Reo speakers as producers and operators in film and television. He has worked closely with iwi claimant communities and was responsible for waka construction and assembly at Waitangi for the 1990 commemorations. He has published poetry, exhibited painting and written for film and television. He was a cultural advisor for the Mayor of Auckland and is Amorangi at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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