Maaku
Dennis Marsh Lyrics


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Māku e mihi atu
Kia koutou te iwi Māori
No reira, tenei te mihi
Kia koutou, kia ora rā

Ka tangi te manu tī oriori
Ka tangi te ngākau tangata
No reira, tenei te mihi
Kia koutou, kia ora rā.





Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Dennis Marsh's song Maku are a tribute to the Māori people. The opening line, "Māku e mihi atu," translates to "I offer my greetings." The singer then addresses the Māori people directly, expressing his respect for their culture and heritage. The following line, "Kia koutou te iwi Māori," translates to "To you, the Māori people." The singer goes on to offer a formal greeting, saying "no reira, tenei te mihi," which can be interpreted as "therefore, this is my greeting."


The second verse of the song features descriptions of both the natural world and the human heart. "Ka tangi te manu tī oriori" means "the songbird sings," while "Ka tangi te ngākau tangata" means "the human heart cries." The singer then repeats the formal greeting of "Kia koutou, kia ora rā," wishing the Māori people well.


Overall, the song is a deeply respectful tribute to the Māori culture and people. By using both Māori and English language, the song serves as a bridge between cultures and encourages greater understanding and respect.


Line by Line Meaning

Māku e mihi atu
I offer my humble greetings


Kia koutou te iwi Māori
To the Māori people, I extend my warm regards


No reira, tenei te mihi
Hence, this is my greeting


Kia koutou, kia ora rā
I wish you well and good health


Ka tangi te manu tī oriori
The bird of the tī oriori cries


Ka tangi te ngākau tangata
The hearts of the people cry


No reira, tenei te mihi
Hence, this is my greeting


Kia koutou, kia ora rā.
I wish you well and good health.




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