Tutira Mai Nga Iwi

Captain’s Log, Stardate 2011.134

Hand in hand with our New Zealand Language Assistant, Amelia Farras-Knowles, we want to show our solidarity with those affected by the terrible earthquake that struck the Canterbury region in New Zealand’s South Island on 22 February 2011.

We thought it would be a great idea to contact a school in the affected area to come together in friendship, love and support. That’s how Amelia put in touch with Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Waitaha. Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Waitaha is a State School located in Christchurch. On that fateful day they also suffered the ravages of the earthquake. Fortunately, they have just started back to a new term of school and they are just getting things back to normality.

Last week we videotaped our own version of Tutira Mai Nga Iwi, a maori song that calls on people to come together and support each other, especially in times of difficulty as those lived by our friends from New Zealand or more recently our compatriots in Lorca, Murcia.

With all our love!

These are the lyrics:

Tūtira mai ngā iwi
Line up together, people
Tātou tātou e
All of us, all of us.
Tūtira mai ngā iwi
Stand in rows, people
Tātou tātou e
All of us, all of us.
Whai-a te marama-tanga
Seek after knowledge
me te aroha – e ngā iwi!
and love of others – everybody!
Ki-a k’tapa-tahi,
Think as one,
Ki-a ko-tahi rā.
Act as one.
Tātou tātou e.
All of us, all of us.


So say we all!!