Pukapuka 1, Nama 2

whārangi 5  (32 ngā whārangi)
titiro ki te whārangi o mua4
6titiro ki te whārangi o muri

Tirohia ngā kupu whakataki o tēnei niupepa


Your fame shall gain the lofty summit of Haumatao

And when the lauds beyond shall ask, " whose sons are these ? '"

" They were known, " we'll say " when victories were won;

They were known when standing on the bow

Of the canoe, or moving on the armies

Lifting high —making great their people. "

Yes ye were known; tho' young and tender then

Your arm gave stroke for stroke.

Ah ! why did I not leave my son at Ngaengae

Then Totaraiahua had not seen thee,

Nor levelled at thee the fatal gun

And now ye haste away in companies to Manukau

You and your fathers.

Now let the yearnings of my spirit cease

Since ye nobly fell in battle"

Pani, Rongotau and Matua, the parent kumaras or sweet potatoes from which the

numerous varieties the poet calls " progeny " have been propagated.

The land of spirits—eternity.

Hawaiki, the country of the New Zealander prior to his landing on the New Zea-

land shore.

The poet supposes that departed spirits have power over the winds of the " po "

or eternal night.

Deified men.

Name of a place.

A sea-bird—emblem of a great chief

The fish, barracuda. As the sea-bird captured its prey from among many fishes

choosing the best, so his sons struck down in the fight the renowned chieftains of the


A mountain.

A place.

The family cemetery. The idea is that the departed ancestors would conduct

the spirits of his sons to the abode allotted to them.


The sons of a settler at Hokianga killed an ox belonging to certain natives and the

young men having made their escape to the Otago gold fields, payment was demanded

of the father, who refused to recognise the claim. It was argued that the beef had

been salted and was in the settlers house, ia his keeping; but the appeal was unavail-

ing. Shortly after this, Sir George Grey arrived in the district, when the natives in

question despatched a messenger to the settler for a bottle of rum. This demand met

with a more ready response, and the Maori returned bottle in hand. The owners of

the stolen ox immediately waited on their friend, and holding up the bottle of spirits

just sold said, " Mr. ————, if you do not at once pay for our ox this rum will be

taken to the Governor, and you will be obliged to pay a fine that will purchase many

oxen. " This had the desired effect. The cash was handed over to the natives by the

crest-fallen ox-man.