I sent the two words in the title in so many different text messages.
I really want to write about what's happened this week. But right now my friends are locked up and I miss and love them so much.
We sang Nga Iwi E as we waited for the prisoners to be taken out of court. Until I find my own words, this song is more than strong enough to stand in their place:
Nga iwi e, Nga iwi e
Kia Kotahi ra, Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa
E Tama Ma, E Tama Ma
Tama Tu, Tama Toa, Tama Ora
Wahine Ma, Wahine Ma
Maranga Mai, Maranga Mai, Kia Kaha
Kia mau ra, kia mau ra
Ki te mana motuhake me te aroha