E Tipu e Rea

Grow and Branch Forth

E Tipu e Rea is A Better Start’s Māori name.

In 1949, shortly before his death, Māori leader and scholar Sir Āpirana Turupa Ngata of Ngāti Porou wrote into the autograph book of schoolgirl Rangi Bennett a passage about his vision for Māori youth.1

 

E tipu e rea mō ngā rā o tō ao
Ko tō ringa ki ngā rākau a te Pākehā
Hei ora mō te tinana
Ko tō ngākau ki ngā tāonga a ō tīpuna Māori
Hei tikitiki mō tō māhuna
Ko tō wairua ki tō atua
Nānā nei ngā mea katoa.

 

Grow and branch forth for the days destined to you
Your hands to the tools of the Pākehā
For the welfare of your body
Your heart to the treasures of your ancestors
 adornments for your brow
Your spirit to god
Who made all things.
2

 

 


1 Rawinia Higgins me Paul Meredith. 'Ngā tamariki – Māori childhoods - Māori childhood changes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 17-Mar-15 
http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/nga-tamariki-maori-childhoods/page-4


2 Māori Development Team, University of Canterbury, 2016
http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/maoristudents/support/Ta_Apirana.shtml/