Last updated Wednesday 26 August 2020.
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The following karakia are for your personal use. This list is not meant to be an exhaustive account of karakia as such but merely an introductory guide to it. Some are shortened versions of longer karakia, and others are not very long at all. They should be said with a focussed mind and a stout heart. They can be said aloud, quietly or said in the mind. They can be said by Men or Women.
You may have some of your own karakia that you use on a regular basis. He tino pai tēnā. You are more than welcome to use these karakia should the need arise. They can be shared within your whānau also.
Tohunga tell us that there is a karakia for everything imaginable within Te Ao Māori. Our learned scholars tell us that karakia was a part of everyday life in a traditional Māori community. Although karakia were not an exclusive role of tohunga alone, they were the Masters of It and therefore had a wider range of karakia that were of a higher level. There were simpler or more common karakia that the everyday person would use. This included use by both women and children.
The hope is that they may be useful to you at this time of great uncertainty within our country and our community.
Definition – incantation, ritual chant, charm, spell, a set of words to state or make effective a ritual activity used to ensure a favourable outcome.
Individual karakia (but not all) tend to follow a pattern:
1st section invokes and designates the atua (who is being called on).
i.e. E Tū e, e Tū e, e Tū e te kauhangatia te tapuwae…
2nd section expresses a loosening of a binding (a mechanism used to unlock a set of knowledge or power).
i.e. Mai ea, mai ea, mai i te tupua, mai i te tawhito, mai i te kāhui o ngā ariki…
3rd section is the action, the ordering of what is required.
i.e. Ō koutou manawa, ki ō mātou manawa, Tane ka irihia…
4th section is a statement of the completion of the action.
i.e. Haumi e, hui e, tāiki e.
Other karakia tend to make statements about the universe, the spirit world, the environment, whare etc and refer to calling on or connecting to an atua. This would require a person to place their spirit and mind within the realm/s of atua.
i.e. Tapatapa tu ki te rangi whakaeaea kau ana…
I stand at the edge of the universe in awe of the galaxy and solar systems.
Tēnei a au, tēnei a au, ko te hōkai nei ki taku tapuwae…
Tis I, tis I, extended, moving swiftly over the realm of Tāne
Whakataka te hau ki te uru, whakataka te hau ki te tonga…
Cease the west winds, cease the southern winds
Te Kawa o Whakatau
Kia manawa mai, kia tatau mai
E Tū te riri, E Tū te nguha
Tū, Tū, tupa rere
Tū, Tū, tupa kokota
Ka kokota ki whea, ka kokota ki raro i aku taha
Ka ngaru a Tū ki te rangi te whakarongona mai ki taku hau tauā
Ti hei mauri ora!
Whakatau Potiki was the father of Rongomai captain of Māhūhū ki te Rangi. On one account he was a Tupua as he was formed out of the māro of his mother Apakura by Rongotakawhiu a sea deity who dwelled in Hawaiki.
This kawa calls on the power and strength of Tūmatauenga to be within the body and mind of Whakatau and his warriors as they went to war.
In a modern-day context this kawa can be used to seek some inspiration to get on with the duties you need to undertake at work, home or within the community.
Tēnei te toa
Tēnei te toa, he toa iti, he iti rori, e ngaro ana ki roto i te matikuku
Tēnei a au e te tupua, kātahi ka tikina ki tērā ki a Whakatau.
Whakatau was said to be small in stature. His favourite past time was flying kites. The peoples of Hawaiki were amazed by his kite flying as they could not see Whakatau who was running across the bottom of the ocean holding on to the lines of his kite.
This kawa calls on the attributes and skills of Whakatau. He was schooled in the knowledge of magic and was a shape shifter. He was also a great warrior. This saying was attributed to him by the peoples of Hawaiki “Kōtahi te whetū e tu ana ki Hawaiki, ko Whakatau anake, ko Whakatau Pōtiki e”. There is but one star that shines in Hawaiki, it is that of Whakatau.
Waerea, waerea, waerea, waerea
Waerea ki uta, waerea ki tai
Waerea ki runga, waerea ki raro, waerea ki roto, waerea ki waho
Tēnei ko Rongo ka eke, tēnei ko Rongo ka tau
Uhi, wero, tau mai te mauri
Haumi e, hui e, taiki e
A waerea is a spiritual clearing/cleansing of a space or an object. It is also used to lift the tapu from these things and can be said before a pure.
The waerea is said at the marae when taonga are brought into or taken out of the whare nui including tūpāpaku.
The Waerea can be said over a home, car, boat or any other place where it is deemed necessary.
This Waerea can be adapted to suit any purpose that is in keeping with the tikanga of Waerea.
Purea nei e te hau
Horoia e te ua
Whitiwhitia e te rā
Mahea ake ngā pōrarurau
Mākere ana ngā here
This popular waiata by Hirini Melbourne is a form of Waerea. It calls on the wind, rain and the sun to clear away one’s troubles and break the shackles that bind or hold a person back. It can be said in Waerea form or sung as it normally is.
Hau mai te hau
Hau mai te hau, hau mai te hau
Hau mai te ia o mahara, hau mai te ia o matau
Hau mai i te ao, hau mai i te pō
Hau mai i te pou i tu i Hawaki Nui, i Hawaki Roa, i Hawaiki Pāmamao
Te hono ki wairua, kei te whei ao, ki te ao mārama
Haumi e, hui e, tāiki e
This kawa calls on the vitality/esscence of life to be present on a consistent basis. It calls on the ancient knowledge to remain connected to one’s spiritual needs in these modern times. It can be said after a robust hui at the marae, after a hearty wānanga or at the end of a hard day’s work to remember the learnings of the day and to lift one’s energy levels before returning home so that positive energy surrounds you.
unuhia te uru tapu nui
kia watea kia māmā
te hinengaro, te ngākau, te tinana, te wairua
ki runga I te ara takatā
Koia rā ko Rongo kia whakairia ake ki runga kia tina
Haumi e, hui e, taiki e
This comes from the 3rd whiti/section of a karakia called Huakirangi (Te Kura Reo). Many kura and other community organisations are using it to close a hui. The intent of this whiti is to instil a sense of tranquillity amongst those present at the hui. It calls on the energy of Rongomaraeroa, atua associated with peace to be present.
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