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.