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New Zealand passes Marriage Equality and sings

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Published on Apr 17, 2013

Reading of the vote to pass Marriage Equality in New Zealand, followed by a waiata (song - annotated for non-NZers)
This is the most heartfelt singing of Pōkarekare I have ever heard.

Pōkarekare ana ngā wai o Rotorua
Troubled are the waters of (Lake) Rotorua*

*Originally "o Waiapu" [river] but this version suggests the story of high-born Hinemoa
swimming Rotorua to her low-born lover Tūtānekai on Mokoia Island. One speaker mentioned how Tūtānekai still loved his takatāpui, [intimate same-sex companion] Tiki.

whiti atu koe, e hine marino ana e
when you cross, o girl they become calm

E hine e, hoki mai ra, ka mate ahau i te aroha e
O girl, return to me, I am dying of love.

Tuhituhi taku reta, tuku atu taku ringi
I wrote my letter, sending my ring

Kei kite e tōu iwi, raruraru ana e
If your people should see it, there would be trouble

E hine e, hoki mai ra, ka mate ahau i te aroha e
O girl, return to me, I am dying of love.

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