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Waitete - te kurī a Tūrongo

Mōteatea

Paraone Gloyne
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Composer:   Paraone Gloyne

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There are many Māori narratives about dogs, each tribe has their own historical narratives. This is our story about Waitete, Tūrongo’s pet dog. I have used this dog to relay Mahinarangi’s journey from the tribes of the Takitimu canoe on the East Coast in the hope that this story may continue to be told amongst my own people. I also want to uphold the accounts about this dog, as it was this dog that guided Mahinaarangi and her travelling party. The stories of Waitete have been omitted from our historical narratives, I'm not sure exactly why however, these are the accounts my elders passed on to me. As they relayed the stories to me, I thought of Waitete who would keep these accounts alive in my memory.