Motikitiki the Trickster
the Creation of Anuta
The Story of Motikitiki
[Narrated by Pu Nukumarere
with the assistance of Pu Tokerau]
Ko te rumatua. Te tangata, na ingoa, ko Motikitiki. Te papine, kairo e ingoa moona. Ingoa e raavaki.
Te papine ne nopo mo na manava. I te vaatia ne paanau ipo, ko te poi puai. I taie araarapanga te poi kau pau. Ne karangal, "E kovi. Kairo ko te tamatii." Ne ave o tuku i te ngomea o nga penu. Ne tatao ki raro. Te mea nei, ko te mataki tama. Te urumatua.
Ko naaua ne taute poki taie tamatii. Na ingoa, ko Poematua. Taie vaatia poki ne taute poki take tama. Poerangomia.
I take ao ko naatou tamana ne aru ki te topi. Ne va ipo nga ngokai. Ko na nopine mo nga tamariki e noporaki i te pare umu o pakaapu te umu. Naatou ne tao nga ngokai a Motikitiki ne ipo mo ia.
There was a married couple. The man, his name was Motikitiki. The woman had no name. The name was absent.
The woman became pregnant. 1 When her child descended in birth, it was an egg. In another version, it was a pau stem. 2 She said, "It is bad. It is not a child." They took it to be placed in the garbage dump. 3 They covered it over. This thing was the first child. 4 The firstborn.
The two of them also produced another child. His name was Poematua. Sometime later, they produced another child. Poerangomia.
One day, their father went to the garden. He brought down some food. His wife and the children stayed in the oven house to light the oven. They baked Motikitiki's food, which he brought down with him.