‘Collaborative Cascading Haiku’ (Tribute to New Zealand/Aotearoa)

Te Reo (Maori language) used in this poem
Mana= Power
Te Atua= God
Aotearoa[Ao-te-a-ro-a]= Maori name for New Zealand (some translations have this to mean ‘land of long white cloud’ but this is not a literal translation)
Kiwi = a native flightless bird and one of our national symbols

Land of Long White Cloud
Hear thunder roar from our shores
Torrents of Mana

Torrents of Mana
Cascade from Te Atua
God’s own Kiwi land

God’s own Kiwi land
Southern Cross watches over
Many paddocked clouds

Many paddocked clouds
Shrouding our landfalls beauty

Β© Daniel Schwamm & Garry Spooner, All Rights Reserved, 16 October 2015.


9 thoughts on “‘Collaborative Cascading Haiku’ (Tribute to New Zealand/Aotearoa)

    1. Thanks so much J πŸ˜€ Yes, it’s not common for people to know a lot about Maori culture so we shared some words and thoughts to invite others to think a little deeper about native NZ culture. Oh, really? I didn’t even know about that movie until you said.


      1. The movie is a very interesting story, beautiful scenery and music score–but the story might be offensive to you, I don’t know. It’s a love story–but it’s not a “Christian” movie, and there are scenes of physical intimacy. It was not offensive to me, because the story’s so intriguing. Perhaps you could Google the title and learn more before you see it. We don’t learn much at all about the Maori people in this movie–they’re just sort of “background” like the scenery. Hope this is somewhat helpful.


    1. Thank you so much, Rose πŸ™‚ You’re very kind. I’m glad that you found the word key helpful as well πŸ˜€ It was a great joy to write this with my good friend Garry, and I’m so pleased that you appreciate our efforts πŸ™‚


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