Haumia ponders in lambent waters
softly lightening her followers.
She sings to the ocean's heart.
But even here, the witch, Wairua,
half animal, half plant
with fingers like worms,
coils beneath Te Moana Nui.
Souls belonging to Ikatere
stretch out their unwelcome arms
strong as iron, flexible as taura,
between Haumia and home.
Forced between whirlpools,
crushed in their rude grasp,
under Wairua’s fins, Haumia
she cannot breathe
the lurid sea
Wairua calls her creatures
to creep all over Haumia.
Deeper and deeper
Ki te kahore he whakakitenga ka ngaro te iwi
- A Maori proverb: Without foresight or vision the people will be lost
Said by Kingi Tawhiao Potatau te Wherwhero, to show the urgency of unification and strong Maori leadership.
Te Moana Nui – The Ocean
Taura – Maori rope