Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ngā Toi

Ngā Toi
Like a supernatural being, Toi, we acknowledge you.
The heart quickens at your call.
Your heart gladdens the spirit,
your spirit releases the voice,
your voice opens the mind,
the mind weaves the words,
weaving the words carves the inherited treasures.
Inspired by your image, sound resonates,
performance thrives, the many faces of imagery
captures the eye.
Linked by a soaring voice,
fix your eyes on the people.
From traditions etched in the future let your breath be felt.
Ignite imagination!
Let the mind create beyond what is seen,
so that the arts that inspire continue to do so.
Let everyone know that the arts celebrate the present and create the future.

(Translation of Iho Toi by Hirini Melbourne, Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, 2010, p. 98)

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