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Ko Nga Moteatea, Me Nga Hakirara O Nga Maori



Ka whawhai, ka whawhai !
E, he !
Ka whawhai, ka whawhai !
E, ha !
Ka whawhai, ki roto ki te awa. Puare katoa ake nei.
E ka whawhai, ka whawhai !
Kihai koe i mau atu, ki to kainga ki Oropi,
E, i te ainga mai, a Wharewhare.
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The words printed in italics are sung by the whole war party as a chorus. The rest of the song is sung by one voice. This is a portion of a horrible war song which was sung by the rebel Natives at the Pa of Owhaenwai, immediately after the bloody and fatal repulse of the British storming party.