Ka pioioi e

Ka pioioi e is a home-coming song written by Kereopa Ratapu to express his feeling about coming home to his family on the East Coast after serving with the NZ Army in Singapore in the 1980s.


KUPU MĀORI

Ka pioioi e
Tohu aroha haukāinga 

E hoki mai rā 
Kia kite atu i tō iwi e.

E rotarota ana
E katakata ana mai rā. 

Pūkana whetero mai 
I te ihi ā ō mātua. 

Kia kite atu ano 
I tō ataahua ai kanapa
Pupuhi ai e te hau 
Kapohia āku roimata. 

Ka pioioi he 
tohu aroha haukāinga.

TRANSLATION

This swaying dance
shows the love of your home-town people. 

You've come back home,
to see your people.

There is gesturing and
laughing with joy at your return,

Eyes popping and tongues thrusting 
from the energy of those performing.

I see again 
your beauty gleaming there 
caressed by the wind, 
and my tears are snatched away. 

This fluttering dance 
shows your home-town people's love.


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