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Kia hora te marino

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voice and piano
Year composed:
c. 3 mins
A4, pp6 (PDF digital download)
This song, composed by Deborah Wai Kapohe and arranged by Glenda Keam as part of the 21x21 Beneath the Trees collection, is a setting of a poem associated in its original form with Ngāti Maniapoto/Ngāti Rereahu of the King Country/Maniapoto region. The poem is now used widely in shorter forms such as this one, which can be found on the Playcentre website as a karakia tīmatanga (opening incantation).

Kia hora te marino
Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana
Hei huarahi mā tātou i te rangi nei
Aroha atu
Aroha mai
Tātou i ā tātou katoa
Hui ē! Tāiki ē!

May peace be widespread
may the sea be smooth as greenstone
A pathway for us all this day
Love given,
love given back
To everyone, for everyone
May we be bound together!


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