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            The Unseen I sing praise to the Unseen To the innumerable creatures of the aquifer Who live in deep tunnels & vast caverns Who swim in immeasurable flow Who move in immense waters Who … Continue reading

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Blue We dress in blue For Te Waikoropupū & our wave breaks through On the suits who peruse From their second floor views Where they spin & confuse While the blue puppet waves & samba drum raves Out here on … Continue reading

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Predator Te Whiti & Tohu Cross Raukawa Moana & canoe pitches & paddlers hunch & sou’wester Punches  As Te Whiti Stands Tall & leans Into the squall & it’s always the prophets Who Name The predator (The curse Of The … Continue reading

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Why I came because an illicit wind Pushed & carried & left me, bedraggled & adrift on summer tides ‘Til I washed ashore & was welcomed By the love of the River Tribe – & I stepped beyond the edge … Continue reading

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Shooting Star Walking the wildness of Wharariki We meet Toby & Veronica in a clash of waves & Toby speaks of the shooting star Seen the night the River Tribe shared poems   The incandescent spark falling earthward For the briefest … Continue reading

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Handover  You sing Te Waikoropupu waiata & heart thumps – heart thumps – heart thumps & eyes are full of tears As you speak of the hard road  & those who’ve passed & cannot be here & how Ngati Tama … Continue reading

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21 I sip coffee at the Dangerous Kitchen While science guy gives me Te Waikoropupu 101 Which sweeps away the fog So I see the imminent threat to Pupu Springs If nitrate levels continue to rise & dairy farmers dump … Continue reading

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20 It’s my birthday as I watch samples Taken from Fish Creek & Te Waikoropupu & learn about the Arthur Marble Aquifer & the stygofauna that clean the water How it goes in brown & comes out clear & the … Continue reading

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Balls So here’s a riddle for the town Please get your pens & write it down Just how many balls does a redneck have Who attacks a man in a parked up Rav? A stranger, who he’s yet to meet! … Continue reading

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Wāhi tapu It always happens – The slowing of time as I walk towards you & the noticing of kanuka & rimu & pīwakawaka dancing at my right shoulder & the words wāhi tapu Written in yellow on the green … Continue reading

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