Kia ora, This blessing was written by an elder especially for Somewhat Green, to help educate how important the land is to Maori.
Herenga Atua ,
Na te Atua i hanga te Ao,
me nga mea katoa i runga te whenua.
I muri ka hanga e ia he tangata kia rita
ano te ahua ki te Atua, a ka hanga raua
he tane he wahine.
I roto o nga whakapapa o te Maori, he mea
nui ko te whenua, (I tapa hia hoki ko Papatuanuku)
Te whaea o tatou te Maori. I to tatou matenga.
Ka hoki atu tatao ki a Papatuanuku. I oho mai tatou it e
pungarehu a ka hoki tatou ki to whenua, pungarehu ki
te pungarehu ki to tatou whaea a ki te kororia o te Atua mutungakore.
He oi tenei, manaaki tia te whenua, kua herenga tatou ki te Atua, me te whenua.
Herenga Atua , Herenga tangata , herenga Whenua
Ka nui tenei …..
We are all tied together, we have a commitment to god, to people and to the land
The lord made Heaven and Earth
He also made all things on earth
Later he made man in his own image
He made both – man and woman.
In Maori genealogy, the major thing was the land which is called papatuanuku- the mother.
When we die, we return to Mother Earth. We were made from the dust and the dust is to return to our Whaea. (Mother)
To the glory of the never ending God.
This is our charge, to worship the lord and to care for the land.
Teenaa rawa atu Koe (thank you very much )