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I did my student teaching in Whakatane, New Zealand in 2005. While there, I learned this waiata (song) in Maori. Thank you to Erin Hudson for all of her help with the language. More information about this song can be seen here: folksong.org.nz/wairua_o_te_puna/index.html

A sincere and heartfelt thank you to the tupuna and whanau of the Trident High School wharenui for sharing this waiata with me. Arohanui.


Wairua o te puna,
o te whenua
Wairua o te puna,
aroha e!

Wairua o te puna aroha,
Aroha, aroha!

I tau i tau i runga ra
he tangata
hei ora
mo nga mea katoa
o te whenua,
o te rangi,
o waenganui

Kia pupu, pupu ake

Aroha, aroha, a-ro-ha!

English Translation:

The spirit is bubbling up
all across the land
And the spirit welling up
is love!

The spirit welling up is love,
affection, togetherness!

Situated high above us
is a being
that is the lifeforce
for all things
upon the land,
in the spiritual world,
and in between.

May it bubble up for ever,
Love, affection, togetherness!


from Love Letters, released February 14, 2015
Written by Taisha Kuhtze and Malcolm Raymond Smith
Published by Spirit Two Music, Inc OBO Orient Pacific Music PTY LTD

Vocals and guitar performed by Nikki Black
Percussion performed by Nathan VanderVoort

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Nathan VanderVoort in Tempe, Arizona.

Produced by Nathan VanderVoort

Copyright 2015 Nikki Black/Nicole Navratil



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Nikki Black Minneapolis, Minnesota

Nikki Black (Nicole Navratil) is a Minneapolis-based musician married to the love of her life, Curt, and marm to a calico cat named Charlotte. She sings with the Americana group Sonic Love Child (www.soniclovechild.com) and is studying to be a yoga instructor. She believes that music connects, empowers, and heals us. This is her fist solo recording project. ... more

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