Here I stand in the sacred domain of Tāne
I look within the forest for the family
To the many birds, to the many trees
To all of the creatures of our world
For they give life to everyone
Tū ana ahau ki te wao tapu nui a Tāne
Ka titiro atu ki te whānau a Tāne
Ko ngā manu, ko ngā rākau
Ki ngā kīrehe o te whenua o te wai o te Ao Tūroa
Ko rātau nei hei oranga
mō te tangata ki tēnei Ao e
Heke nuku heke rangi Hi a ha ha!
Haumi e, hui e, tāiki e!
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.