Taonga Māpuna

from by Kirsten Te Rito

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TAONGA MĀPUNA
Taku hei piripiri
Taku hei mokimoki
Taku hei tāwhiri
Taku kati taramea

Mai i te whakaaro tawhiti
Me te kimonga whatu o tō matua
He kākano i tōku kōpu
Nāku koe e taku tamaiti
 
Taku hei piripiri
Taku hei mokimoki
Taku hei tāwhiri
Taku kati taramea

Mai i tō whānautanga
Whiri tahi ō tāua wairua
Tōu pārekereka ē
Nāku koe e taku tamaiti

Taku hei piripiri
Taku hei mokimoki
Taku hei tāwhiri
Taku kati taramea

My little neck satchel of sweet scented moss
My little satchel of sweet scented fern
My little neck satchel of odoriferous gum
My little neck locket of sharp pointed taramea

From a distant thought
From a twinkle in your fathers eye
Just a seed in my belly
Forever you are mine child

My little neck satchel of sweet scented moss
My little satchel of sweet scented fern
My little neck satchel of odoriferous gum
My little neck locket of sharp pointed taramea

From the time of birth
Our souls entwined
The sweetness of you
Forever you are mine child

My little neck satchel of sweet scented moss
My little satchel of sweet scented fern
My little neck satchel of odoriferous gum
My little neck locket of sharp pointed taramea

credits

from Āiotanga, released July 31, 2015
English language lyrics (verses) by Kirsten Te Rito
Te reo Māori translation by Dr Joseph Te Rito
Chorus lyrics are borrowed from a well known Māori whakatauki

Music by James Illingworth and Kirsten Te Rito

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Kirsten Te Rito New Zealand

Kirsten Te Rito is a vocalist, songwriter and producer from Wellington, New Zealand.

Earthy beats, lush soundscapes and Kirsten's hypnotic melodies, take you on a sonic journey while showcasing the beautiful Māori language.

She has released two solo Māori language albums and her five track EP 'Te Kaitiaki' is due for release in April 2020.
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