Kōrero: Mau rākau

He karakia ki te whakaoho i te rākau

Ko te puru o Ngāti Whātua a Tamakihi e mau taiaha ana (i te tau 1847), rāua ko tōna matua a Apihai Te Kawau. E whai ake nei ko te karakia reo tao hei whakawana  i te rākau i mua i te haere ki te pakanga:

Tītoko māpuna, huaki rere, Te mangō taha rua, I rere ai te tapuae, I nguha ai te tapuae, I taka toto ai to tapuae, Tēnei hoki te tapuae ka rūmaki Ko tapuae o Tū. Hīkoia te whetū! Hīkoia te marama! Ka rere! ka rere! Ko te atawhaia.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0014-56
Hand-coloured lithograph by George French Angas

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Rangi Matamua, 'Mau rākau - Ngā whakangungu rākau', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/zoomify/39755/karakia-to-empower-a-weapon (accessed 16 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Rangi Matamua, i tāngia i te 5 Sep 2013