Raupatu

by Alien Weaponry

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In 1863 the New Zealand colonial government passed a law enabling the confiscation of lands from anyone they deemed to be 'rebels'.

In this way, millions of acres were stolen from their Maori owners, plunging these communities into poverty and changing the balance of power and the face of history in this country for ever.

These unjust actions were called RAUPATU.

lyrics

RAUPATU - Lyrics

Nā te Tiriti - (Accorded by the Treaty)
Te tino, tino rangatiratanga - (the full possession and chiefly authority)
O o ratou whenua - (Over their lands)
Tino, tino rangatiratanga - (Full possession and chiefly authority)
O ratou kainga - (Over their communities)
Tino rangatiratanga - (Full possession and chiefly authority)
Me o ratou taonga katoa - (Over all things of value to them)

Waikato Awa - (The Waikato river)
He piko, he taniwha - (On every bend a mighty war chief)
Kingi Tawhiao - (King Tawhiao)
Me Wiremu Tamihana - (And Wiremu Tamihana)
Ki Rangiriri e tū ana - (Made a stand at Rangiriri)
Ko Te Whiti o Rongomai - (Te Whiti o Rongomai)
Ki Parihaka e noho ana - (Held fast at Parihaka)
Raupatu! - (Confiscated!)

Nā te Tiriti - (Accorded by the Treaty)
Te tino, tino rangatiratanga - (the full possession and chiefly authority)
O o ratou whenua - (Over their lands)
Tino, tino rangatiratanga - (Full possession and chiefly authority)
O ratou kainga - (Over their communities)
Tino rangatiratanga - (Full possession and chiefly authority)
Me o ratou taonga katoa - (Over all things of value to them)

Raupatu! ... Rangiriri - (Confiscated! ... Rangiriri)
Raupatu! ... Pukehinahina - (Confiscated! ... Pukehinahina)
Raupatu! ... Taurangaika - (Confiscated! ... Taurangaika)
Raupatu! ... Parihaka - (Confiscated! ... Parihaka)

You take and take
But you cannot take from who we are
You cannot take our mana - (dignity)
You cannot take our māoritanga - (cultural identity)
You cannot take our people
You cannot take our whakapapa - (family heritage)
You cannot take, you cannot take
Raupatu!

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released January 31, 2017

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Alien Weaponry New Zealand

ALIEN WEAPONRY is a three piece metal band whose style has been
influenced by old school thrash and hardcore
Members are:
Lewis de Jong - Guitar/Vocals
Henry de Jong - Drums
Ethan Trembath - Bass
AW was formed in 2010 by brothers Henry and Lewis de Jong, who
have been listening to bands like Metallica, Anthrax and Pantera since
birth and started writing songs before they learnt the
alphabet
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