Te Aroha

from Āiotanga by Kirsten Te Rito



'Te Aroha' (The Love) speaks of the importance of coming together to raise children in a nurturing and uplifting environment.


Pounamu huna i rō wai
Tē kitea ai tōna ātaahua
Pohatu māngonge a waho
Pohatu ātaahua a roto
Rite ki a tātau tamariki
Taketake nō tēnei whenua
Me mahi tahi tātau
Te ātawhai i a tātau taonga

Kia māmā, kia ngāwari
Menemene atu ki te ao
Arotia te kaha o etahi atu rā
Poipoiā kia puāwai ai
Ehara te pūtea i te mea nui rawa o te ao
He maha ngā ara whai huanga 
Tū ngātahi, tū kotahi
Mā te rahi, mā te iti!

Greenstone concealed underwater
Hidden beauty waiting to be seen
Rough stone on the outside
Unrivalled beauty within
So too are our children
Indigenous of this land
Lets come together
To give our precious gifts a hand '

(Give) A little here, a little there
A smile to brighten up the day
See the strength in others
Encourage them to bloom in a real big way
A life of riches ain't just money in the bank
Fullfillment comes in many ways
United front, all as one
One for all and all for one!


from Āiotanga, released July 31, 2015
English language lyrics by Kirsten Te Rito
Te reo Māori translation by Dr Joseph Te Rito

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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