Analysis Of The Poem ' Kua Tawhiti ' Essay

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Kua tawhiti ke to haerenga mai, kia kore e haere tonu. He tino nui rawa ou mahi, kia kore e mahi nui tonu"."You have come too far not to go further. You have done too much not to do more

Te Kupenga Mōteatea was chosen after many hours of reading and researching Tuwharetoa - History of the Maori People of the Taupo District (Grace, Te.H) 1959. The storyline of Te Kupenga involves friendship, love, conflict, insult, war and revenge. In this essay I will describe what Te Kupenga Mōteatea means and give a quick rundown on the story that lead up to the singing of the Mōteatea. I will endeavor to explain how Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngati Te Rangiita are connected to me and why, then I will explore the notions of Mana, Tapu, Utu, Rāhui, muru and conflict theory and will analyze and voice my world view on how these interact with Te Kupenga and the reconciliation of two iwi.

Te Kupenga translated to English means The Net, it also has a different meaning in many different stories and Mōteatea. In this Mōteatea the net is the support system or safety net provided by Chief Te Hue hue. Te Kupenga was sung by Kahu distraught daughter of Taupo who was slain by Ngati Kahungunu during their war party that was on a revenge rampage caused by a broken engagement between Te Aria and Te Uira (Ngati Kahungunu). Te Uira fell in love with Chief Tumu of Ngati Te Rangiita (Ngati Tuwharetoa) and married, breaking the engagement to Te Aria caused insult to his Rohe. A war…

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