Te Arikinui
Dennis Marsh Lyrics


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E te Tamati o te Matua
Matua ora arikinui
Titiro mai Ra te atua
Nga mae mae tonu
Nga pouri nui
Kaua e huri
Ma homai ra koe
He huarahi oranga e

Anei ra matou o tamariki
Enoi atu to inga tapu
Homai ra e koe
Te whakapono wairua tapu
Whakaro pai
No reira ra e
Te ariki nui
Titiiro mai aroha mai

Homai ra e koe
Te whakapono wairua tapu
Whakaro pai
No reira ra e
Te arikinui
Titiro mai ra aroha mai
No reira ra e
Te arikinui




Titiroa mai aroha mai
Titiroa mai aroha mai

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Dennis Marsh's song Te Arikinui are a tribute to the Māori queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Ātairangikaahu, who was a highly revered and beloved figure in New Zealand. The song begins with the invocation of Tamati o te Matua, a traditional Māori name for God and a reference to the queen being under the protection of God. The lyrics urge the queen to look to God for guidance and to not be disheartened by the burdens and sorrows she carries.


As the song progresses, it becomes a plea from the children to the queen, asking her to share with them the spiritual strength and faith that has sustained her. The lyrics ask her to give them the gift of belief and positivity so that they too may find a path towards spiritual well-being. The refrain "Titiroa mai aroha mai" is a request for the queen to look upon them with love, and to extend that love to all of her people.


The song is a powerful reminder of the spiritual and cultural significance of the Māori queen and her role in the lives of the Māori people. It highlights the need for faith, hope, and love in times of struggle and reflects the deep respect and gratitude that the Māori people have for their leaders and the spiritual values they represent.


Line by Line Meaning

E te Tamati o te Matua
O Tamati (King) of the Matua (Maori tribe) alive and well, the great leader


Matua ora arikinui
The healthy leader of the Matua tribe


Titiro mai Ra te atua
Look up to the sun, the god


Nga mae mae tonu
The persistent struggles


Nga pouri nui
The great sadness


Kaua e huri
Do not turn away


Ma homai ra koe
But instead, give us


He huarahi oranga e
A path to salvation


Anei ra matou o tamariki
Here we are, the children


Enoi atu to inga tapu
Asking for your holy intervention


Homai ra e koe
Please give us


Te whakapono wairua tapu
The belief in the Holy Spirit


Whakaro pai
Pure thoughts


No reira ra e
Therefore


Te ariki nui
The great leader (King)


Titiiro mai aroha mai
Please look upon us with love


Titiroa mai aroha mai
Look for a long time with love




Writer(s): D. Henere

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