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:



Ka Hikitia and Tataiako

Ka Hikitia is the Ministry of Education’s goal setting for Maori students.

Tataiako is the Cultural Competencies teachers have to develop to meet the goals of Ka Hikitia.

When we use te reo maori in the classroom we are validating maori language and maori culture. We are meeting part of tangata whenuatanga, a cultural competency where we are recognising the maori culture and its importance in our country.

Here is a slideshow which presents a kind of summary of Tataiako. You might notice our school values have some links to these documents. This document is really useful because it links our PTC or teacher requirements to the cultural competencies. With this help we can better meet the needs of Maori learners.

Zones of Regulation: Ngā Takiwā kāre-ā-roto

Te Rehu, Westmere School, has been learning about emotional regulation. The Zones of Regulation is a book that can be used at school, kura, or at home, kainga. It can help us to talk about our feelings and manage our emotions so that we can get on better with others and get more out of our learning.

There is plenty of opportunity to link this to te reo Maori.


Nga Tau: The Colours

Blue Zone|Kikorangi

This is where we have low energy.


Green Zone|Kakariki
This is where we are ready to learn


Yellow Zone|Kowhai
This is where we are losing control


Red Zone|Whero
This is where we are out of control


Kei te Pehea Koe?

This is a level 1 te reo lesson.

It links into a song:

We have a PDF file of emotions for you that are bilingual so you can learn te reo Maori and te reo pakeha but they are not sorted into colours and the macrons are missing:

te reo maori zones draft

The first step of the Zones of Regulation is to learn about feelings and to group them in colours. If you want to find out more, there is a book available and some apps from Google Play or the Apple App store. You can find it all at this site:


Many thanks to Laura and Te Mete from Nga Uri o Nga Iwi for sharing their resources with us.