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Hutia te rito o te harakeke

Kei hea te kōmako e kō?

Kī mai ki ahau

He aha te mea nui?

He aha te mea nui o te ao?

Māku e kī atu

He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

Pull out the shoot of the flax bush

Where will the bellbird sing?

Say to me

What is the greatest thing?

What is the greatest thing in this world?

I will say

The people! The people! The people!