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No. 65 (December 1968)
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The Challenge

Papa te whatitiri i runga i te rangi!
Hikuhiku te uira!

Gone are those hot days
when the battle-field
Jogged with the shouts
of the haka,
and the click and thrust
of the taiaha.

Gone are the kuia,
And the koroheke with his tokotoko
His ancestry he recites.
My ancestry …

Whano! Whano!
Haere mai te toki!
Haumi EEE!
Hui EEE!
Taiki EEE!

Now—
only I am left
To wonder what was theirs.
I too can recite ancestry
I too can haka
I too can sit and wonder.

Sit and wonder
Loud crashes the thunder in the sky!
The lightning flashes!

John Barrett