Waiata — songs, chants, hymns, lullabies, love songs, laments etc. Waiata is an integral part of formal speech-making and a vital way of expressing ourselves, both traditionally and contemporarily. Where possible, we have included a translation, a sound file or a link to a clip and also acknowledged the composers of the waiata. Manaakitia mai, Aotearoa. O Lord, God of nations and of us too Listen to us, cherish us Let goodness flourish, may your blessings flow. Defend Aotearoa.
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Te Tiriti ō Waitangi
Nga mate, nga aitua, ki tangihia e tatou i tenei wa. The dead and those being mourned, we lament for them now. Te hunga ora, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. But to the living, once again my warmest greetings. It is both a great honour, and a great responsibility. Standing here I have a deep sense of the history of this beautiful place. Many of my predecessors will have experienced similar emotions. Among those who have gone before me as Governor-General was a man who secured for all New Zealanders the land on which we stand and where Te Tiriti o Waitangi was first signed in
Kiwi Songs - Maori songs - Home. Play this brief MP3 field recording. Karanga are calls performed by women on the marae, usually to welcome visitors.
Scroll down to find them at the end of this section. These resources are free to use. Please provide any feedback, questions and ideas to Carmen Timu-Parata - carmen nzba. However, the root causes of health inequalities are yet to be fully recognised and rectified. This fundamental important resource enabled the provision of clothing, shelter and housing materials for successive generations.