|Hutia te rito o te harakeke,
|If you pluck out the centre shoot of the flax,
|Kei whea te korimako e koo?
|Where will the bellbird sing?
|Ka rere ki uta, ka rere ki tai.
|It will fly inland, it will fly seawards.
|Kii mai koe ki au,
|If you ask me,
|he aha te mea nui i te ao?
|What is the most important thing in the world?
|Maaku e kii atu,
|I will reply,
|He tangata, he tangata, he tangata!
|It is people, it is people, it is people!