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September 10, 2018 | by  | in Opinion Te Ao Mārama |
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He Ara Hou

Kei aku whakatiketike ki te rangi, kei aku whakatamarahi ki te whenua e kai ana I te mātauranga kai raro i te pūāhurutanga o Tāne whakapiripiri, o te Herenga Waka, otirā, Te Whare Wānanga o Te Upoko O Te Ika a Māui, tēnei te whakamānawa atu nei I a koutou. Ko tāku, he whakatewhatewha āke i ngā huarahi I whāia e ō tātau nei tīpuna hai māmā āke i mamae o te mate pouritanga.

Taku rākau e

Tau rawa ki te whare

Ka ngaro a Takahi e

Te whare o te kahikatoa

Hei ngau whakapae

He whakapae ururoa e hau mai nei

Kei waho kei te moana

Kāore aku mihi e

Aku tangi mō koutou

Mau puku ko te iwi

Ka mōwai tonu te whenua

E takoto nei e…

He mea tito tēnei nā te tohunga tito waiata, a Mihi-ki-te-kapua, nō roto mai o Ngāi Tūhoe. He waiata tangi ki tōna tāne a Hikawai i mate i te riri ki Te Rahui o Mahia. I rongonuitia whānuitia a Mihi-ki-te-kapua mō āna titonga waiata. Ko te kaupapa o te nuinga ērā he kōrero mō tōna mokemoke me te pouritanga i pā ki a ia. I wehe atu āna tamariki, i mate tōna tāne. Nā te pākira o te whenua ia e whakamokemoke.

Anō nei te hāngai ki te reanga nei.

Ko te nuinga o ngā moteatea e mōhiotia ana, he waiata tangi. Koinei he huarahi, e kore rawa e whāia e te hunga taiohi hei whakaputa i ngā whakaaro, e hika mā, he ara tēnei e mahia e ngā tīpuna o nehe hei whakakupu, kia māmā āke ai i te mamae i pā ki a rātou e noho I raro iho I te kāpua pōuri.

E hika mā, inā te huhua o ngā tini aituā kei runga i a tātou i tēnei wā tonu, ngā tore kai huruhuru kua taka ki tua o Tāwauwau i te tau nei, inā te tuatinitini, te tuamanomano o rātau mā. Nā te taniwha e mōhiotia whānuitia ana, ko te mate whakamomori. Ko te mate pāpōuri tētahi whatitoka me kī, e taea ai te taniwha te hou mai i roto I tō hinengaro. Ko au tētahi o ngā tauira e whawhai tonu ana i tēnei mate. He mate e kore e kitea e te āo, he mate kei roto i te hinengaro, i te wairua anō hoki. Ka whawhai anō i te āo i te pō, tē taea te aha. Ehara I te mea ko ngā rongoā pākehā i te huarahi anake hei whainga mōu. Kāore au i te tākuta hinengaro, hoi, he wheako whaiaro maku tēnei.

Nā tāku nei rangahau I ngā ara hei tūtuki I tēnei, kua kite au I te āhua o waiata moteatea.

He mana, he tapu tō te kupu o ngā moteatea pērā. Kei pōhēhē tātau mā, kāhore ngā tohunga, tangata mōhio, aha noa atu rānei ngā kaitito anake I wēnei moteatea. Tēnā pea he kare-ā-roto tō te tangata, ka taea e ia te tito mō wērā kare-ā-roto. Korekau he ārai, kei tō hinengaro ngā ārai o tōu pohewatatanga. Pēnei I ahau, ehara ahau I te tangata tohunga ki te hohonutanga o te reo rangatira, engari, ka tito tonu ahau I wēnei tūmomo āhua.

E kī ana te Pākehā, he ‘poetic’ me kī, kei huri ki tā te Pākehā whakaaro mō tēnei tino momo taonga taketake. Ko ngā waiata e pēnei ana, he matapihi kē ki te wairua o te tangata. He pakupaku iho ngā kupu, hoi, he nui tō te kōrero o roto rā. Mehemea ka rongo koe I tētahi waiata tangi kei runga I tō marae, I te papawhakatūwaewae rānei, ka tino rongo koe I te kaupapa e waiatatia, e tangihia. Anō nei te ātaahua o te iwi Māori. Tē hiahia rānei ki te tino mōhio ki te reo hei whakamārama I te kaupapa o te reo, ka mārama ai koe i te rerehua o ngā waiata koroua.

Nā Mason Lawlor

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Maru

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