Apr 172013
 

April 16, 2013.   New Zealand became the 13th country to approve same sex marriage.  The bill was passed 77-44 votes.  It is also the first country in the Southern Hemisphere to perform this loving act.  It should be pointed out that New Zealand was the first country in the world to afford women the right to vote.

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Louisa Wall, Maori New Zealander, Member of Parliament who introduced the Bill. Pictured here upon its historical passing.

The bill was sponsored by Labour Member of Parliament, Louisa Wall, who has a woman partner.  She is a Maori and many people in the House sang the New Zealand Love Song: Pokarekare Ana in the Maori language to honour her and everyone in general.   Here is the beautiful song: Pokarekare Ana that was written by Maori soldiers around the time of World War I (1914-1918).

The waves are breaking, against the shores of Waiapu, My heart is aching, for your return my love.
E hine e, hoki mai ra, ka mate ahau i te aroha e. Oh my beloved, come back to me, my heart is breaking for of love for you.
Tuhituhi taku reta, tuku atu taku rīni Kia kite tō iwi, raruraru ana e. I have written you a letter, and enclosed with it my ring, If your people should see it, then the trouble will begin.
E hine e, hoki mai ra, ka mate ahau i te aroha e. Oh girl, come back to me, my heart is breaking for of love for you.
Whatiwhati taku pene, kua pau aku pepa Ko taku aroha, mau tonu ana e. My poor pen is broken, my paper is spent, But my love for you endures, and remains forever more.
E hine e, hoki mai ra, ka mate ahau i te aroha e. Oh my beloved, come back to me, my heart is breaking for of love for you.
E kore te aroha, e maroke i te rā Mākūkū tonu i aku roimata e. The sun’s hot sheen, won’t scorch my love, Being kept evergreen, by the falling of my tears.
E hine e, hoki mai ra, ka mate ahau i te aroha e. Oh girl, Come back to me, I could die of love for you.

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