He Putiputi Koe

This waiata was composed in 1925/1926 at Waiomatatini. It was one of the songs taught to Ngati Poneke (carvers, weavers of the tukutuku panels} for the opening of the Waitara Carved House at Manukorihi Pa, Waitara, June 1936.
(Tune to You're Just A Flower From An Old Bouquet).

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He putiputi koe i katohia
Hei piri kite uma e te tau
He tau aroha koe koronga roa
Koronga i nga ra

Maku ano ra koe e atawhai
Kei kino i te ao
Kia piri tonu mai
Hei putiputi pai i katohia

He aha ra e tohe tonu nei
Te aroha kite hoki mai
He tau i karea i roto te po
Te ao nga ra katoa

He pai kia pono te whakaaro nui
Kei kino i te ao
Kia piri tonu mai
Hei putiputi pai i katohia