This waiata aroha is of uncertain origin.  According to one, the poet belonged to Ngai Tamaterangi, in the Te Waiau valley in the Wairoa district, while Manuhiri and Te Wharekura, mentioned in the third verse lived immediately to the north, in the Waikaremoana district.  Nothing else is know about Manuhiri and Te Wharekura.

TAKU AROHA

TAKU AROHA

Ki a tātau i te ahiahi

Kauruki nei e

HE WAKA IA RĀ

Kia tōia ngā mātārae

Ki Rautahi rā

OMANGA WAKA

Te Ruawai ka hōkai au

Kei Marutata

MOEA IHO

Nei e au ko Manuhiri

Ko Te Wharekura

OHO RAWA AKE

Nei ki te ao ko au anake

Te tuohu nei e.

E HIKA HOKI

E kuika nei he matua ia rā

Tē tahuri mai nei

KO WAI I TE MEA

Ka rukupopo ka whakamate

ki tōna whenua