Nga karakia timatanga – Welcome songs/prayers.

In the mornings it is good to have time to meet together with the children and welcome them to the centre for the day.  As part of the daily routine children usually look forward to this group time.  If you have younger children that will not sit still in a group sometimes it is best to do at the table before morning tea.  This is a good chance for you to teach children some welcome songs/prayers – nga karakia timatanga.  Today I will go over a few that you can sing or say with children.

Tēnā koe.

Tēnā Koe hello to one

Tēnā Kōrua hello to two

Tēnā Koutou hello to all

Haere mai everyone

Welcome everyone.

E te atua tenei matou

e inoi ana ki a koe

mo ngā mahi o tēnei ra

Amine.

 

He Karakia Timatanga

He Hōnore he korōia ki te Atua

He maungārongo ki te whenua

Whakāro pai ki  ngā tāngata katoa

Hanga e te Atua he ngākau hou

ki roto ki tēna, ki tēna o mātou

Whakatōngia tōu wairua tapu

Hei awhina  hei tohu tohu i a mātou

hei ako hoki i ngā kupu

I roto i tēnei Atarangi

Ake ake ake Amine

 

Mōrena ki a koe

Mōrena ki a koe

Mōrena ki a   ……………………….(child’s name)

Kia pai to ra

(tune of happy birthday)

I hope these are of use to you this week.   The more you repeat them the more the children will start repeating them with you.  After a while you can change to a different one to learn.

 

Me he manu rere.

Today’s waiata is a Me he manu rere.  It is a Māori love song.  Originally collected and recorded at Whakarewarewa in the 1930s by Ernest McKinley.  He was assisted by Guide Maggie Papakura, Sir Peter Buck and Wiremu H. Rangi.

me he manu rereWhakarewarewa group performing an action song- waiata ringaringa.

 

 

 

Me He Manu Rere.

Me he manu rere ahau e.

Kua rere ki to moenga

Ke te awhi tō tinana

Aue Aue!

E te tau tahuri mai.

Kei te moe te tinana

Kei te oho te wairua

Kei te hotu te manawa

Aue Aue!

E te tau tahuri mai.

Haere haere re e hine

Whakarongo i konei

Waiho ahau i muri nei

Tangi hotu hotu ai

Note:  The original never had Aue Aue in the first two verses.