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Monday, 17 October 2016

Three Māori songs

Kei hea te tuna?
Kei hea te tuna? Kei hea te tuna?
I roto I te awa! I roto I te awa!
Kei raro I te toka! Kei raro I te toka!
Kei roto I te hinaki! Kei roto I te hinaki!
Kei roto I te hangi! Kei roto I te hangi!
Kei roto I te rourou! Kei roto I te rourou!
Kei roto I taku puku!

Where is the eel? Where is the eel?
In the river! In the river!
Under the rock! Under the rock!
In the eel trap! In the eel trap!
In the earth oven! In the earth oven!
In the food basket! In the food basket!
In my tummy!

One day a Taniwha.
One day a taniwha, went swimming in the moana.
He whispered sweetly in my taringa!
Oh wont you come with me? Theres such a lot to see.
Underneath, the deep blue sea.
But I said kaore kaore kaore, I have to haere haere haere.
Although I know we could be friends.
My mother is waiting for me, underneath the kowhai tree.
O taniwha, o haere ra.

Moana: sea. Taringa: ear. Kaore: no,  Haere: go, Haere ra: goodbye.

Tohoro Nui.
Tohoro nui, tohoro roa, tohoro tino momona.
Tohoro pui puia, tohoro whui whuia.
Tohoro kau ana te moana e, Tohoro kau ana te moana e.

I am a big whale, I am a long whale, I am a very fat whale too.
I like to blow my spout, I like to wiggle my tail.

I like to swim in the deep blue sea, I like to swim in the deep blue sea.

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