HAKA – Te Tangi a te Ruru

Te Tangi a te Ruru

(He Haka Taparahi)

Kia whakatā hoki au i ahau
Hi! Auē! Hi!//

Ka hoki ai ngā mahara / ki te tangata nāna te kaupapa nei
He toa nō te Tai Rāwhiti
/He rangatira
/He tohunga hoki
/I āhahā!//

E ai ki te kōrero ‘kāore i a ia / ki te purei whutupāoro’
/Ka tika rā ēnei kupu
/Nā ona pūkenga
Ka tū te ihi, ka tū te wehi, te wana, te mana.
/I āhahā!

Auē! I tōna hinganga …
/He tōtara haemata!
/He aituā!__
/He whare ngaro!
/Ka tangi tonu / taku ngākau / i te tangi a te Ruru
ē!
/Auē! Hīī!//

 

The Lament of the Ruru

(A Haka)
Let me return to rest

It is time we remembered the man that inspired our endeavours
A warrior from the East Coast
A leader
An intellectual giant
Indeed!

According to all reports he was unsurpassed in his excellence as
a rugby player
These are true words
His skill provoked
Fear, admiration and pride (in those that witnessed them)
Indeed!

His death was …
A life full of promise cut short in its prime!
A tragedy!
An unfulfilled legacy!
My heart still beats with the call of the Ruru Shield!
(My heart still cries out the lament for Jackie Ruru!)
Alas!

(Note: Leader parts are in italics. Group parts are in bold. Underlining denotes beats. Double slashes denote a complete pause)