Friday, 25 July 2014

Tangaroa Whakamautai. . .

To end Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) I wanted to pay tribute to the land of my birth with this beautiful song Tangaroa Whakamautai by Maisey Rika.  

For those of you around the world who have not had the privilege of visiting our beautiful shores, you are definitely missing out.  If there is a country that you need to cross off your 'bucket list' to visit - be sure to make it New Zealand / Aotearoa.  Maisey's stunning music video captures the essence of the land, the serenity, the purity and the reason why you would sing about the god of the sea in Māori mythology - the music video says it all, it shows it all.




e ararau o Tangaroa
E rere ki te papaurunui

Māori have firm beliefs about everything having a source and an origin, everything has a place.

Tahora nui ātea
Te manawa o te moana
Te mauri o Tangaroa
Tangaroa whakamautai
Tangaroa whakamautai

You get a real sense of who Tangaroa is, what he does and his place in the pantheon of gods.
The song goes on to talk about the cries of the whales revealing the power of Tangaroa.

He kaitiaki
He taonga
He tipua
He ariki
He taniwha
He tipua
He kaitiaki
He taonga
He tipua
Tangaroa whakamautai

This songs speaks to me about honouring the environment that you live in.
If our children are to enjoy the benefits of a world with all of its natural beauty, we must set the example and look after it better than when we entered it.

Think about the indigenous people of the land that you live in.
How much do you know about their way of life?
How much do you value and honour what they treasure?
Maybe we can learn much from the sentiments of this song and be more like Tangaroa - become guardians of the lands that we live in so that our children, our precious treasures will come to know how to respect others and have the empathy to live their humanity.

You can find the English translation of this song and follow Maisey's work on her website.