Kōtuku

by Aro

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He kōtuku rerenga tahi - a white heron’s flight is only seen only once in a life... much like this time (covid19) hopefully. We’ve seen opportunities for great things, and communities seizing them! The hope is that we can all somehow find what's worth holding on to from this, helping each other out, picking up the kōtuku feathers and finding the treasure in them.

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V1
Ēhara ēnei āhuatanga ka kite ia rā, ia rā
Ko te tūmanako nā te puku mahi ngātahi
He mōmōhanga ngā mahara ki tēnei wā
Ka rongo i ngā rōhi
Ahakoa ētahi wā e huna ana i te otaota,
Āwhina atu ki te tohungia

Pre
Hākina
Hā puta
Nāwai, nāwai
Ka kake ki te rangi

CH
He kōtuku rerenga tahi
Ona awe kua waiho iho hei piki kōtuku
Kia kaha ki te rere ngātahi, ngātahi
Hei piki kōtuku

V2
Mehemea kotahi anake te rerenga ka kite
ko te wawata ka pūmau
ki te aroha noa kua puta I tēnei wā.
ā-whānau, ā-hapū, ā-iwi, ā-hāpori,
ā-whenua


BR
Tuturu whakamaua kia tina!
Haumi e, hui e
Taiki e!

Translation:
V1
These things don’t happen everyday
Hopefully, because we were working together
We can remember this time fondly
We can smell the roses
Though sometimes they can be lost in the weeds
We can help each other find them

Pre
Breathe in
Breathe out
Eventually
Rising in the sky…

CH
The kōtuku only ever seen once
It’s plumes left behind for our adorning
Let’s be diligent in flying together
A beauty that will adorn us

V2
If this flight is really only ever seen once
Hopefully we hold on to the love that was shared
and found during this time
As families, as communities, as a people, as neighborhoods, as a nation.


BR
Hold fast
Secure it
Draw together! Affirm!

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released May 28, 2020

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Aro New Zealand

Blending Emily's honey-voiced jazz with Charles' full throated percussive sound with shades of haka, Aro's storytelling performance adds up to a warmth of experience, wholly original, anchored in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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