Learn a waiata

Aku Moutere feat. Mara TK, Troy Kingi & Rob Ruha

by L(())VE & HOPE

This waiata was written by Vincent Olsen Reeder, Mara TK and Mark Vanilau. The lyrics are in Maori and Samoan and talk about the current housing crisis, and feeling as if we have been cast out to sea; with no land to inhabit.
 
V1: 

Kei hea aku moutere?
where are my islands? 

I tauwhiro rā i ahau
that nurtured me 

taku waka te whiua
my canoe has been cast 

ki te koro Parata e
into the throat of the Parata 

E te kaihautū
O great captain 

whatungaro te whenua i a tāua
the land is lost to you and I 

Kia mahara ki te wā o te ora
remembering the times I was alive 

tītaha ki tai
Rocking wildly at sea 

pae ki uta
Whilst the land is stable 


V2: (samoan) 

Ua iai tagata ese
There’s a stranger 

i o'u laufanua
in my home 

Ua tulia i matou i a'au
I've been outcast into the ocean 

Ma ua fai o'u matafaga,
and these sharks (predators of the sea) 

mo i'a feai
inherit our shores 


E kore te uku e piri ki te rino
Clay doesn't stick to iron 

Engari te uku e mau ki te kiri
but it does stick to skin 

Kia mahara ki te wā o te ora
remembering the times I was alive
 

tītaha ki tai
Rocking wildly at sea 

pae ki uta
Whilst the land is stable