Words and music: A Homage to Tāne

Exquisite Japanese paintings of an enchanted forest by Hirō Isono (1945-2013)

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

Life on an unstable landmass: Taupo and Rotorua Part Two
Mineral deposits on all of the trees provide an eerie and story book quality to the surrounding shrubs. Taupo

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.

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Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

3 thoughts on “Words and music: A Homage to Tāne

    1. Sorry it took me so long to reply. Thanks so much for this compliment. My brain is full of stuff a lot of quirky stuff that’s for sure. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying the spring sunshine there 💛 hugs 🤗

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