Song for Aotearoa at Matariki
Tune: Hanover (O worship the king)
Give thanks for Creation: orokohanga
that cosmic explosion—our whakapapa;
for logos and mythos, for spirit and word
give thanks for the ethos through which they are heard.
Remember nga tūpuna—those gone before
their stars shining on us in Aotearoa
for we are the ashes of stars as they die
With courage, with passion we greet the new day
1niho taniwha: (noun) saw-edged pattern of tukutuku panels and in the tāniko weaving on the hems of cloaks. The principal motif that represents the realm of mythology and a chief's lineage from the gods. Also symbolises family houses within the tribe
4(noun) flax bush, generations - a metaphor used to represent the gene pools inherited by children from their two parents and the passing of attributes down the generations.