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The waiata, with words by the great Maori writer Tuini Ngawai, call on 'The Father' to give strength to the tribes of Aotearoa. The musical style for much of this work, follows the chant style of the contemporary waiata. The Second Tenor part could readily be sung by baritone voices. A translation of Arohaina Mai by Margaret Orbell below.
Great king, bless your children,
Take them into your loving care!
Spread wide a great calm
For the warrior band of Tu!
We must strive to overcome
All our grief and suffering,
We must turn and call upon our Father:
'Bestow your blessings upon us!'
All you tribes of Aotearoa,
Hold fast to our great named!
Proclaim as did our ancestors
Tihe mauri ora, words of power!
Words by Tuini Ngawai Arohaina mai from Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse (1985) edited by Ian Wedde and Harvey McQueen. Text used by permission of Phil Aspinall, a respected Kaumatua in Tokomaru Bay. The translation of Great King from Penguin Book of New Zealand Verse edited by Ian Wedde and Harvey McQueen. Translated by Margaret Orbell. Reprinted by permission of the author.