Monday, December 24, 2007

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

WITH A KIWI FLAVOR

Tune
Sung to the usual tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
Remember to slow down the line " Five - big - fat - pigs ! "


On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
A pukeko in a ponga tree

On the second day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
two kumera
And a pukeko in a ponga tree

On the third day of Christmas
....
and so on, until...

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Twelve piupiu swinging
Eleven haka lessons
Ten juicy fish heads
Nine sacks of pipi
Eight plants of puha
Seven eels a swimming
Six pois a twirling
Five - big - fat - pigs !
Four huhu grubs
Three flax kits
Two kumera
And a pukeko in a ponga tree!


Pukeko = type of bird found in NZ
Ponga Tree = a fern tree that grows in NZ
Kumera = a sweet potato
Piupiu = a skirt made from strips of flax.
Haka = war chant/dance
Pipi = small shellfish
Puha = a type of sow thistle that is eaten as a vegetable in NZ
Poi = Maori word for ball
Huhu = a small edible grub
Flax kits = small woven bags



Ngā mihi o te wā me te Tau Hou

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

6 comments:

cassie-b said...

And a Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Cas

Coll said...

The 12 days of Christmas, New Zealand style.. how delightful. :-)

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

George said...

You've gone totally native since your visit, KeeWee. Next, you'll be lecturing us on the tribal significance of your tapa.

Anonymous said...

Merry chirstmas to you all, and I hope the new year brings everything you need to make you happy.

Love Helen

hostagirl said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and MrC Keewee! We hope your holiday is wonderful..love to you, GW

Phyllis said...

Merry Christmas Keewee!
That was interesting.
Think we'll get any snow? Hope so.