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Ko Nga Moteatea, Me Nga Hakirara O Nga Maori


page 73


Haere atu, ki te pai,
A Potatau.
“He pai ranei ?”
“He kahore ranei ?”
“He pai ranei ?”
He kahore ranei ?”
He whakanewhanewha,
I aku mata,
Kia ware ai au;
Ko wai au, kia ware ?”

* The words printed in italics are sung by the whole assembly as a chorus. The rest of the song is sung by one voice.—In January, 1847. Heke came to Korerareka to meet the Governor, who refused to receive him except on board a man-of-war. Heke and his tribe then sang this song to show their distrust; and that he would not venture on board a man-of-war.