Moriori were traditionally a very respectful and religious people. Prayers were said before any venture was undertaken. Eating, fishing, planting, harvesting, birding, deaths, births, naming all were cause for paying homage to various gods.

Kumara no Aropawa i ko

Kumara na rau toro, tinaku e.

Homai e i ahu o wahine ti.

E kaha, takina na rau toro, tinaku e.

This translates as:

Kumara from distant Aropawa

Kumara of the spreading leaves, increase (or grow deep)

Come, be heaped up by your wives

Be strong, spring up the spreading leaves, increase.


Most of the following collection of Waiata and karakii can be found on the Moriori Youtube channel administered by  Hokotehi Moriori Trust. Turn your speakers on, up and sit back and relax and enjoy these