From the album Two Ravens
New Zealand Folk-Heritage
Being a New Zealand citizen and having lived between England and New Zealand for so many years I thought the least I should do was learn a Maori song. This one was written just before the First World War and many claims have been made as to who wrote it. It’s the most famous of Maori love songs and well known in the UK to, so I asked a Maori friend to teach it to me phonetically. Sadly I could only manage two verses, but I’m reliably informed that’s two more than many non-Maoris would know, so one up for the English lad.
It’s about a Maori Princess who loves a warrior and the chorus line
“E hine e, hoki mai ra. Ka mate ahau I te aroha e” means “Oh girl, return to me, I will die for the love of you”.
Pokarekare Ana, nga wai o Waia-apu
Whiti atu koe hine, marino ana e.
E hine e, hoki mai ra
Ka mate ahau I te aroha e.
Tuhituhi taku reta, tuku atu taka ringi
Kia kite to-o iwi, raru raru ana e.
Chorus x 2