TE PO O TE RANGI
THE DARKNESS OF THE SKY
Comments (by Niklas Jonsson):
These paragraphs are taken from a traditional story related by Guy Ngaiterangi Smallman called Te po o te rangi (The darkness of the sky). The story is told in English apart from a few quotes told in Maori, of which the above paragraphs are examples.
The 1st paragraph was uttered by Hapekituarangi while searching for new lands. The 2nd paragraph is a call made by Ngatoroirangi from the Tongariro mountain side to Hapekituarangi. The 3rd paragraph is Hapekituarangi's answer to Ngatoroirangi. The 4th paragraph is a call made by Ngatoroirangi while caught in bad weather on the Tongariro mountain to his sisters Kuiwai and Haungaroa in Hawaiki.
Guy Ngaiterangi Smallman
Translation from Maori into English by:
Guy Ngaiterangi Smallman and Niklas Jonsson