This is a selection of waiata, provided as a learning resource for staff of Te Puni Kōkiri. It is intended to support staff efforts to incorporate te reo Māori me ōna tikanga into their daily working life.

Mauria Te Pono

Te Puni Kōkiri
Mauria te pono
Pumau te kaupapa
Te whānau oranga
Hei manahia
i te tangata
Te iwi Māori e

Ko te aroha
Manaaki tāngata
Kia tū kotahi e
Te Rangimarie
Te Puni Kōkiri
A … hi!

As people moving forward
Deliver the truth
Holdfast to the philosophy of family wellbeing
To embrace people of Māoridom
With love and care for all mankind
To stand united in peace
As people moving forward

Koia Tenei

Koia tēnei
Te mōnehutanga te whakapuaki i te ara tāoroa
Ki ngā paepae maunga
I hīkoia e te tini, e te mano
Kia tau ki te toka o maumahara|
E kani nei e te hau marangai mate
E ngau kino nei
I te aroha ē ī

This is the journey of the departed
Over the sacred ranges
That have been trampled by the multitudes
And settles atop a pillar of recollection
That has been sliced by the desolate winds of death
And is overcome by pain

Ehara Taku Toa E

Ehara taku toa e
He toa takitahi e
Engari he toa
Takitini
E kawe nei i ngā Uara
Kia puta ngā ahuatanga
I roto i ngā kaupapa
Ko te wero ki a tātou
Kia mataara ake mai
Ki ngā ture tangata
Hei manaakitanga e

My greatness is not
a greatness from one
But my greatness
(from) many
carrying the Values
to expose the diversity
in all our endeavours
the challenge to ourselves
is to be alert
to the policies and protocols
that will support

Ka Poipoia (Key Of E)

Ka poipoia ahau e te pō marino e
Te Korowai o Te Atua; o taku whare okioki

Tērā ngā whetu kōrikoriko, te marama taiahoaho
Hai hoa mōku i te poho o taku whare okioki

He kapua i Te Ikaroa, mōku, mō aku takahanga
Hai hoa mōku i te poho o taku whare okioki

I Ngā Mōkai Kiri E (key of C)

He aha kei taku uma
E tuki nei, ka mamae
He aroha pea ki te tau
Ka momotu ki tawhiti e

Auē te aroha, auē te mamae
E pēhi kino iho nei
I ngā mōkai kiri e

E oho rangatahi, Maranga mai
Hāpainga tō iwi e
Kia kaha, kia toa, Kia manawanui
Ake, ake, kia kaha e

Auē te aroha, auē te mamae
E pēhi kino iho nei
I ngā mōkai kiri e

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