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:


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.