Composer

Kingi Kiriona

Kingi Kiriona (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa) has established himself as a prominent composer, orator and performing artist.  Kingi rose to fame while still at secondary school, winning both English and Māori sections of the National Manu Kōrero competition. His prowess in oratory and composition followed through to Tainui Regional and National Kapa Haka competitions, co-founding a new and innovative team, Te Iti Kahurangi in 2003. 

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Songs by this composer
Te Ipukarea

Te Piki Tūranga

  • Composer: Kingi Kiriona,
  • Year: 2007
  • Genre:
  • Ref#: KIR002

Lyrics

               Tērā koia ko Okewa
               Te parekawakawa ki a Taupiri              
​               Haea iho nei e te ata
               Mōhou e taku Arikinui

​5             He rā hou tēnei ka ura
               Te kākahu o te mate
               Ka unuhia ki runga ki a koe
​               E te piki tūranga e

               (Kōrihi)
​               E te piki kōtuku
​​10           E te piki tūranga
​               Ea ana te kōrero:    
               ‘He rā e tō, he rā e ara mai anō’      
               Whitikina mai rā    
               E Kīngi Tūheitia

​15           Tērā koia te tuwhera
               Te poho o te rangi e
               Mārama rawa nei te whenua
               He ariki whetū nui e                                 

               Te Atairangikaahu
​20           Tē rehu ki te rua e                                    
               Ramaroa nei te ara                                  
​               E te piki tūranga e

               Nō reira rā e te hononga o ngā aho ariki
               Pupuru ana i ngā wawata o te iwi
​25           Nei te aroha (tērā koia ko Okewa)
               Nei te aroha (tērā koia te tuwhera)
               Tū tonu mai rā e te piki tūranga e

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There yonder, the Nimbus
Suspended o’er Taupiri
Breaks to a new dawn
For you my noble leader

The mourning has ended
It is now your time to lead
For you have inherited the legacy
You are the chosen one

(Chorus)
Like the plume of the kōtuku
You have been carefully picked
To fulfil the bequest of your ancestors, as worded:
‘The sun sets, but so too does it rise again’
Thus, rise up, and shine!
O King Tūheitia.

There exposed;
The bosom of the sky father.
And showering its splendor upon the land:
Is one bright, chiefly star


‘Tis Te Atairangikaahu
The light that will never fade
There to guide you on your journey
For you are the chosen one

So to you, the embodiment of all noble lines
Upon whom the hopes of all Māoridom now rest
Accept this as a token of our love
And respect
Long be thy reign

Explanation

This composition was written in celebration of the inaugural coronation of King Tūheitia in August 2007.
Tune: Te Waipounamu Teinakore, Te Manawaroa Teinakore