the brave

the brave

Ngati Kahungunu - Te Ope Tuatahi

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Te ope tuatahi - The first contingent was No Aotearoa - from throughout New Zealand, No Te Wai-pounamu; - including the South Island; No nga tai e wha - they were from the four tides. Ko koutou ena - You there E nga rau e rima,- the five hundred Te Hokowhitu toa - the brave Battalion A Tu-matau-enga: - of angry-eyed Tu. I hinga ka Ihipa, - Some of you have fallen in Egypt, Ki Karipori ra ia - some in Gallipoli. E ngau nei te aroha, - Love gnaws within us Me te mamae - and pain also. Te ope tuarua, - The second echelon was No Mahaki rawa, - from around Gisborne Na Hauiti koe, - from Tolaga Bay, Na Porourangi: - from the East Coast. I haere ai Hënare - Farewell, O Henare Me tö wiwi, - and your 'clump of rushes I patu ki te pakanga, - who fell while fighting Ki Para-nihi ra ia.- in France Ko wai he morehu - Who will survive there Hei kawe korero - to bring the story back Ki te iwi nui e, - to all the people E taukuri nei? - in sorrow bowed? Te ope tua-iwa - The ninth contingent No Te Arawa, - is from near Rotorua, No Te Tai-rawhiti, - from near Gisborne, No Kahungunu. - and from Hawkes Bay. E haere ana au - And now I am going Ki runga o Wiwi - to the conflict of the Frenchmen Ki reira au nei, - and there will I E tangi ai. - weep Me mihi kau atu - I salute you as I disappear I te nuku o te whenua, - out of sight of the land He konei ra e, - Goodbye E te tau pumau. - my own true love By: Apirana Ngata and Paraire Tomoana