Can Anyone Help with a Maori Chicken Dance Song?

Leah wrote:

Hi.

I remember singing the chicken dance, as a young child, but can’t remember the words.

I think the start went “Kapu kapu, ringa ringa, paki paki…” but am unsure how it finishes.

Could you help me?

Thanks,
Leah

If anyone can help with this song, please comment below or email me.

Thanks!

-Mama Lisa

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3 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with a Maori Chicken Dance Song?”

  1. Danise Says:

    I work at a kohanga reo, which is a language nest where all the learning preschoolers learn in, is the Maori language. here are the words which we teach our tamariki that particular song.
    Kapu kapu ringaringa, pakipaki parirau, whatiwhati hope
    kapukapu ringaringa, pakipaki parirau, whatiwhati hope
    ka hurihuri huri maui, ka hurihuri matou e
    ka hurihuri huri maui, ka huri huri matau e ( then sing thru once more)

  2. Lisa Says:

    Thanks! Can anyone provide an English translation please?

    -Mama Lisa

  3. Lisa Says:

    I received this email today:

    Kia ora the waiata goes like this

    Kapo kapo ringa ringa
    Paki paki parirau
    Whati whati to hope

    Kapo kapo ringa ringa
    Paki paki parirau
    Whati whati to hope

    Huri matau huri matau e
    Huri maui huri maui e

    Then it starts all over again.

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