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The Maori: Yesterday and To-day

“Haul up the Canoe.”

“Haul up the Canoe.”

A popular song of welcome to visitors:

Tōia mai te waka,
Kūmea mai te waka,
Ki te urunga—te waka;
Ki te moenga—te waka,
Ki te takotorango
I takoto ai te waka.
Tōia mai te waka
Ki te urunga!

Oh haul away
The war-canoe,
Oh hither draw
Our great canoe,
To the resting-place,
To the sleeping-place,
To the abiding-place,
Oh haul away,
For home comes our canoe!