‘Where there is no vision, the people perish . . .’

LETTER

I must go down to Wainui again

To the lonely “Moana” and sky

All I ask is a tall-prowed waka

And a Southern Cross to steer

her by

She’s named Te Tairawhiti —

A true voyager —

For heart-side to rising sun

Is helmed with Mahia as prow

Following sea-bird tracks

Of Kupe and High Priest Tupaia

On a rock mid-stream

Christian Cook met “Maori”

— Te Ha and tihei mauri ora —

In mutual incomprehension

Two hundred fifty years on —

With Rocket Lab showing the way

Our raft-waka is being renewed

For onward voyage to horizons

bright

Circling the globe with Te Arohanui

A beautiful vision — cherished

anew

To be seen from around the world

“Whale Rider”, “Boy” and “The

Dark Horse” —

With commentary by “Footrot

Flats” —

Led Keisha to star in “The Nativity

Story”

And Cliff Curtis as Jesus in

“Risen”

Now head-hunted as a lead in

“Avatar”

Taika Waititi’s “Hunt For The

Wilderpeople”

Produced a new East Coast girl

star —

Not forgetting “Poi E” and

“Goodbye Pork Pie” —

Sam Neil went on to anchor ITV’s

“Tutankhamun”

As locals make good, in Kiwi style

So hearken to Nicky Solomon’s

wisdom

As did the Queen of Sheba of old

For her wisdom of love

Wrote “The Song Of Songs”

Referred to by Jesus

For when asked for a sign

Replied — Jonah the Whale Rider

Wade Robert Grave

I must go down to Wainui again

To the lonely “Moana” and sky

All I ask is a tall-prowed waka

And a Southern Cross to steer

her by

She’s named Te Tairawhiti —

A true voyager —

For heart-side to rising sun

Is helmed with Mahia as prow

Following sea-bird tracks

Of Kupe and High Priest Tupaia

On a rock mid-stream

Christian Cook met “Maori”

— Te Ha and tihei mauri ora —

In mutual incomprehension

Two hundred fifty years on —

With Rocket Lab showing the way

Our raft-waka is being renewed

For onward voyage to horizons

bright

Circling the globe with Te Arohanui

A beautiful vision — cherished

anew

To be seen from around the world

“Whale Rider”, “Boy” and “The

Dark Horse” —

With commentary by “Footrot

Flats” —

Led Keisha to star in “The Nativity

Story”

And Cliff Curtis as Jesus in

“Risen”

Now head-hunted as a lead in

“Avatar”

Taika Waititi’s “Hunt For The

Wilderpeople”

Produced a new East Coast girl

star —

Not forgetting “Poi E” and

“Goodbye Pork Pie” —

Sam Neil went on to anchor ITV’s

“Tutankhamun”

As locals make good, in Kiwi style

So hearken to Nicky Solomon’s

wisdom

As did the Queen of Sheba of old

For her wisdom of love

Wrote “The Song Of Songs”

Referred to by Jesus

For when asked for a sign

Replied — Jonah the Whale Rider

Wade Robert Grave

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