Waiata

BirdyInception & history

The Ashburn Clinic waiata, Taku Whakaruru (My Sanctuary), was written by Paulette Tamati-Elliffe in 2009 at the request of Ashburn Clinic.  It is sung weekly at Forum by staff and patients and at special community events, often accompanied by staff and patients playing the guitar. 

The song represents the journey that patients may make in coming to Ashburn.  The writer addresses the ‘weary bird’, directly acknowledging the difficulties it has experienced and the emotional and physical exhaustion it feels.  The weary bird is encouraged to seek shelter and refuge in a place of healing and safety. 

 

Taku Whakaruru
Nā Paulette Tamati-Ellife i tito mō Ashburn Clinic, 2009©

E te manu maninohea
Horotete ana i te piere nuku
Taupua mai kia mahuru ai
Ki taku whakaruru e

Ko te wao nui a Tane
Hai pirika
Hai punaka
Ka whakahauora
Ki taku whakaruru e

Pūawhe ana te hau
Ka ua te āwhā
Taupua mai kia mahuru ai
Ki taku whakaruru e

Ko te wao nui a Tane
Hai pirika
Hai punaka
Ka whakahauora
Ki taku whakaruru e

Weary bird
Exhausted by life’s extreme difficulties
Rest here to gather yourself
In this sanctuary

The great forest of Tane
Provides a safe haven
A place of refuge
To refresh and revive yourself
In this sanctuary

The blustery winds will continue to blow
The storms will continue to torrent
Rest here to gather yourself
In this sanctuary

The great forest of Tane
Provides a safe haven
A place of refuge
To refresh and revive yourself
In this sanctuary