Welcome to Westmere School’s resources for teaching and learning about the Treaty of Waitangi and for learning how to korero maori. Te Tiriti is an umbrella that protects languages, cultures and beliefs in our country. We start with te reo Maori and then encourage other languages and cultures. This website will link to online resources, provide downloadable resources and also allow for children and teachers to post their learning online.

Haere Mai!

It’s 2017 and we have another action packed year ahead of us. First up in our new year, we have set aside an area in the NUONI hall for resources for teachers. Teachers can find NZ History Resources, Te Reo Lessons and big books to copy and use in the classroom.

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Samoan Language Week!

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is an umbrella that protects all languages. We therefore should celebrate te reo maori and use it to encourage speakers of other languages.

This week is Samoan Language week!

Here are two resources to download and use:



Learn how to pronounce the Samoan Alphabet

Here is a site to play online games in Pacific Languages:





Pukapuka hou!

Our librarian, Jo, has just welcomed a whole new set of books in te reo maori to our library!

Do some of these covers look familiar?

Well loved authors such as Gavin Bishop and Joy Cowley are translated into te reo maori. You and your family can get these books out and enjoy reading them at home- or maybe your kaiako will take it for your akomanga?

The new books are:

Te popi whero, na David Hill
Purini Rango, na Joy Cowley
Taea nga whetu, na Dawn McMillan
Ko Meru, na Kyle Mewburn
Kia Heke te po, na Julia Crouth
Bidibidi, na Gavin Bishop

Head into our library to find these books in our te reo section. Keep an eye out for more coming soon!

Nga Tae

We are learning how to talk about colours in te reo maori.


Colours are level 2 of the mainstream curriculum for te reo Maori. The lesson online is He motoka kiwikiwi. 

In te reo we put the colour after the thing.

Te takiwa kakariki: the green zone

Practice naming an item and its colour when you talk about it. A coloured pencil is a good start:

He pene rakau whero: a red pencil.

Waiata Mai has a fantastic song: