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Waimarie (Fortunate)

Kaitarau, Uwerau, Manakau, Te Ao Whēkere

Kaitarau, Uwerau, Manakau, Te Ao Whēkere

(These are the names of the four peaks that shelter our home – Mt Fyffe, Mt Uwerau, Mt Manakau and Mt Te Ao Whēkere)

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Mahana ake i te kōhanga maunga teitei aue

Tae pīwaiwaka i te hōtoke noho hāneanea ai

Waimarie, aue waimarie…

(Warmer is the nest here at our home than those in the mountains, the Fantail arrives every winter to sit comfortably during the colder months, fortunate, oh so fortunate – are we to witness this)

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Kaitarau, Uwerau, Manakau, Te Ao Whēkere

Kaitarau, Uwerau, Manakau, Te Ao Whēkere

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Hei te kōanga pāmai ai te tūī me te kōmako e

Kia kai ai te puehu harakeke kōrihi ki taringa aue

Waimarie, aue waimarie…

(The Tūī and Bellbird arrive at Spring to eat the nectar from the flax, what a chorus our ears do hear, fortunate, oh so fortunate – are we to witness this)

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Kaitarau, Uwerau, Manakau, Te Ao Whēkere

Kaitarau, Uwerau, Manakau, Te Ao Whēkere

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Hāroa te Kāhu e whai atu ana te pārurenga

Hei te Haka-a-Taneora i te raumati he kitenga

Waimarie, aue waimarie…

(The Hawk soars searching for prey, amongst the shimmering heat haze that signals summer, what a sight,  fortunate, oh so fortunate – are we to witness this)

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Kaitarau, Uwerau, Manakau, Te Ao Whēkere

Kaitarau, Uwerau, Manakau, Te Ao Whēkere

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Turukitanga a te pūtangitangi i te ngahuru

He tangi whakatūpato a te pūtangitangi piri pono aue

Waimarie, aue waimarie…

(The Paradise Duck moults in completion in the Autumn, their cry is that of warning, the loyal and faithful Paradise Duck; {this acknowledges the fact that they have only one partner for life}, fortunate, oh so fortunate – are we to witness this)

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Kaitarau, Uwerau, Manakau, Te Ao Whēkere

Kaitarau, Uwerau, Manakau, Te Ao Whēkere

Waimarie… (Fortunate)