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Ka Ihi te Moana


KA IHI TE MOANA (feat. Ria Hall)

Nā Rob Ruha & Paul Anderson

Written for a Super 12 kapa haka competition in 2005, Ka ihi te moana talks of the birth of our nation at the hands of the original polynesian superman – Māui-pōtiki!

 

Ka ihi te moana

Ka whare te moana

Ka horu te moana

 

Ka huri te tai

He aha kei tua wai

He ika tapu, he whenua

Kumea nuku, kumea rangi

Pupū ake te papa-nui

E Rona, e Te Kura

 

Whakaea Hikurangi

Te Papanui-a-Karioi

Te Ika-a-Māui e takoto nei, aue

 

The sea swells

The waves crest

The ocean roars

 

The currents churn

What lies beneath is surface

‘Tis a sacred fish, ‘tis land

 

Heave heaven and earth

‘til the great surface appears

Like the moon and sun

 

Hikurangi rises

Upon the Great-flinching-surface

The Fish-of-Māui beneath me

 


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