Nguru are semi closed cross-blown flutes unique to the Maori. Although Nguru are popularly known as nose flutes they are more commonly played with the mouth. The breath of the nose is more sacred to the Maori, and those stray sounds created are perceived as the accompaniment of the spirit voices of the winds. A love song for the Nguru composed by Hirini Melbourne goes like this: "My breath of life is for you, My heart beats for you, My eyes ever look for you." - Brian Flintoff