I am Tane Mahuta – and not offended
to be introduced at this late stage.
This is Tangaroa?s story. I merely supply
the vessels. They are a small chink
in the arsenal of Tane. I command mountains,
influence the rain, the presence of my legions
directs Tangaroa?s motions (you know,
from space you see clouds amass above
my forests, my children). I am a long-term
kind of god, not drawn into quick effect.
It is suitable that I am placed near the end
of the Star Waka, to emphasise my length.
?Waka 94', from Star Waka (Auckland University Press, 1999), ? Robert Sullivan 1999, used by permission of the author and the publishers.Recording from the Aotearoa New Zealand Poetry Sound Archive 2004.