“Me te tai e pari mai anō,
ki roto o te kokoritanga o Whangaroa”
“Like the tide flowing inside the bay of Whangaroa”
He tōnga kē tā te kōkā
He tōnga kē tā kauri
The koukou (morepork) carefully watches and listens to the subtle changes happening in their environment. Hunting while flying by night in the ngahere means synchronising every movement with the demands of an ever changing space. This requires a high level of thinking and strategic planning which is why the koukou is thought to be a wise bird. This is also what is meant by Maramataka — planning and synchronising our movements with what is happening in our environment.