The Songs of Tangaroa ~ Ngā Waiata o Tangaroa

Maori nature ancient mountain

Te Au o te Moana

Our nation was born

in the bosom of the ocean

where the sea leans

on the land

Our stories are intimately written

in the narratives of ocean canoes

sailings driftings taniwha

whirlpools discoveries

making our world


The salt in our veins

brought us together

to find each other

The unrelenting pull of the sea

tugs in the blood of our ancestors


Maori nature ancient The Songs of Tangaroa  ~  Ngā Waiata o Tangaroa

The song of Tangaroa is

in every wave foam and sea spray

scattering the seed born of Rangiātea

across the ocean straddled by Kupe

’E kore koe e ngaro he kākano

I ruiruia mai i Ra’iātea’ 

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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