Te timatanga | The beginning
Te Tīmatanga, the waiata, has been composed for PHARMAC staff use. It was composed and gifted to PHARMAC by matua Whetū Tipiwai, kaumātua of the New Zealand Māori All Blacks.
The waiata is conceptually similar to the haka performed by the team before every match and spins off well-known Māori folklore relating to the creation of the world the separation of Ranginui and Papatūānuku by their children.
The waiata talks about climbing to the highest peaks of lofty mountains, resonating achievement and ambition.
The waiata goes on to describe the importance of whānau and the achievement of all-round wellness, embracing the Whare Tapa Whā holistic health model created by Professor Sir Mason Durie.
Last updated: 26 August 2020