Maranga Mai, Uenuku

Looking for some easy sounds for the festive season? Heads up – the Uenuku single Maranga Mai, Uenuku – Uenuku, Rise Up is available on Spotify. Just search for “Uenuku”.

Maranga Mai, Uenuku

Uenuku e noho nei, mai Ruapehu ki Tangaroa e
Nei rā mātou, mauri ora, ko te iti ko te rahi e te iwi e
Manganui-a-te-ao, ko te Waimarino
Whakawhiti mai rā ki Raetihi

Uenuku e hora nei, karapoti te whenua o ngā tupuna
Ko te tini ko te mano, hoki hoki mai rā, i ngā huarahi o te motu e
E huri e huri, ko te pito o te ika
Uenuku, Tamahaki, Tamakana e

Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai

Rise Up, Uenuku

Uenuku, living upon the lands between Ruapehu maunga and the sea
This is us: goodwill to all mankind; whether we are many or few, we remain one people
From Manganui-a-te-ao, traversing the expansive Waimarino
And then back across to Raetihi

Uenuku spread wide and far, we protect and surround our ancestral lands
The multitudes of Uenuku uri, we beckon you home upon the many roads that will lead you back to us
We abound in the central North Island known by our ancestral identities
Uenuku, Tamahaki and Tamakana

We call you home … our beckoning shall not cease

(He tāonga tuku nā Mahanga Williams, Teina Boasa-Dean me Nehi Bryce, July 2014)