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.

Pukapuka Hou


Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a new resource available to teachers. It contains in depth information vital to understanding how to teach te tiriti properly. It links in with Tangata Tiriti and has specific ideas for teaching each area. This resource is excellent for teaching about agreements and reminding us of the unique partnership we have in New Zealand between tangata whenua and the Crown.

You can find this book in the library Reference section of our school. There are lovely examples of work children have done on the treaty and excellent ways of integrating te tiriti into writing and reading.

Check out the entire Critical Histories site here.

Kotahi te rakau: There is one tree

In this lesson we are learning maths language. There’s a dictionary for pangarau!

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We are using this lesson from TKI.

E hia ngā rākau? How many trees are there?
Kotahi te rākau. There is one tree.
E hia ngā ipu? How many bowls are there?
E rua ngā ipu. There are two bowls.
E hia ngā pea? How many pears are there?
E toru ngā pea. There are three pears.
E hia ngā kau? How many cows are there?
E whā ngā kau. There are four cows.
E hia ngā hēki? How many eggs are there?
E rima ngā hēki. There are five eggs.
E hia ngā pōtae? How many hats are there?
E ono ngā pōtae. There are six hats.

Get the kids to colour in Resource sheet 1F Kotahi te rākau  as they count.

Times tables: Kapai Group have made these flash cards in te reo Maori

0x0_5 times 3_a

0x0_5 times 3_b

Multiplication hand game in te reo : TimesTablesPracticeMaori

Online games and practice


Basic Facts Skills

Multiple Matrix- learning times tables

Multiple Matrix- learning times tables


E Ako is also in English, as are the Wicked Interactives above. E Ako is better in that it is a proper maths website in NZ that you can register your child with. You can sit with them, watch tutorials, do activities and help them do their maths. The site looks like this in English. As you can see there are a range of options for learning. It reads out questions as well.

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Te Whanake

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Multiplication Maths Guide

Here is a maths guide for parents who want to help with maths. If you would like to borrow some maths resources, Learning Studio 3 is opening a maths library. Come and see us!

Teaching Te Reo: Kei Hea…? Where is…?

Toku reo Lesson

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Where is your book?

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upside down over there


Kei hea a Vashti? Where is Vashti?

Kei waho. Outside.

Kei waho a Vashti. Vashti is outside.

Kei waho a Vashti i te kainga. Vashti is outside the house.


Kei hea to pukapuka? Where is your book?

Kei konei. Here.

Kei kora.  There. 

Kei runga i te tepu. On the table.

Kei raro i te tepu. Under the table.