Totara Tree

Yesterday I heard a version of the waiata ‘Totara Tree’ (composed by Wiremu Nia Nia) sung by the beautiful Maisey Rika. Here is a link to that version. http://bit.ly/mIC9zO I’m not normally in the habit of posting words by other people, but I wanted to share this waiata as it is everything I want to say today…
koru hand painted rocks
Once I stood like a Totara tree
Gently swaying in the breeze
I hear the whispers in the air
And I cry…
I feel my Tipuna everywhere
Even next to me
Strong and tall
Proud and free
But still I cry…

We knew one day that noble tree would fall
But now a new one stands
Strong and tall
Proud and free
But still I cry…
Arohanui,
Jo x
PS – thanks Emma for sharing on FB!

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