Kōrero: Ngā kaitito waiata

Ko Puhiwahine

Ko Puhiwahine

He wahine rangatira a Puhiwahine nō Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Nōna i Waikato ka taka tōna manawa mō tōna uri, mō Mahutu Te Toko, he whanaunga hoki nō Kīngi Tāwhiao. I moe wahine kē a Mahutu, ā, ka hoki a Puhiwahine ki tōna kāinga i Taupō. I te rangi tuatoru o tōna haerenga ka tōmuri te titiro ki te whenua ka ngaro i a ia. Nō konei ka pupū ake te aroha, ā, ka titoa iho te waiata, ‘Ka eke ki Wairaka’.

Ka eke ki Wairaka ka tahuri whakamuri,
Kāti ko te aroha te tiapu i Kakepuku
Kia rere arorangi te tihi ki Pirongia
Kei raro koe Toko, taku hoa tungāne
Nāku anō koe i huri ake ki muri
Mōkai te ngākau te whakatau iho
Kia pōruatia e awhi-ā-kiri ana.
Kotahi koa koe i mihia iho ai
Ko taku tau whanaunga nō Toa i te tonga
Nō Mania i te uru, ka pēa tāua.
I ngākau nui ai he mutunga mahi koe.
Kāti au ka hoki ki taku whenua tupu,
Ki te wai koropupū i heria mai nei
I Hawaiki rā anō e Ngātoro-i-rangi
E ōna tuāhine Te Hoata u Te Pupu
E hū rā i Tongariro, ka mahana i taku kiri.
Nā Rangi mai anō nāna i mārena
Ko Pīhanga te wahine, ai ua, ai hau,
Ai marangai ki te muri e
Kōkiri!

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Pegasus Press
Reference: Pei Te Hurinui Jones, Puhiwahine: Maori poetess. Christchurch: Pegasus Press, 1961

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Ngā kaitito waiata - Te tito waiata', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/44262/ko-puhiwahine (accessed 18 October 2021)

He kōrero nā Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014