24 January 2018

Te Reo Māori Days, Months and Dates

Available here ($NZ) or on TpT

Make your own Maramataka
Learners can change date

Make a mini book with all of the relevant phrases and names.


30 November 2017

It's the Season....

Wow! Another year of epic mahi from teachers. From what I have seen there has been a huge increase in te reo Māori and Tikanga in mainstream kura. Everyone benefits! Aotearoa pride.
 As a child Christmas time was a time of making, drawing, constructing-gifts and cards. As an adult some of the crafts I have made are gift paper, gift cards, Christmas crackers,angel ornaments, peg dolls and hundreds of Christmas tree decorations. With the holiday season drawing close I have been busy making themed resources for busy teachers to use with their learners. This has fulfilled my crafting pleasure. All of these rauemi have plenty of alternatives for those learners who don't celebrate Christmas.

  Paper Chains 

Oh how I love paper chains.These come in two themes. 

*Te Reo Māori Values and Virtues 

Hope,trust/belief,compassion,guardianship,confidence,commitment,unity,leadership,patience,kindness friendship-to name a few.
Available here:

*Te Reo Māori Christmas Paper Chains 

Merry Christmas,With love, Best wishes,Happy New Year. Both come with fun illustrations and NZ themes to celebrate our unique place. They come in two sizes-landscape, long and thin or profile short and wide. (Don't cut around the margin as you need this to keep them from being too small.) Personally my preference is short and wide, for a bigger picture. (I love it when short and wide wins**)
And it goes without saying you can mix and match them both.
Available here:

  **New Zealand Christmas Ornaments
 I LOVE 3D stuff-and these are BIG and BEAUTIFUL. No I didn't make them small. Each circle is 3/4 of an A4 page. The reason is that by using blank templates they can be writing prompts and the illustrations can be beautified by the learners personal touch. The big 3D balls can spin beautifully in the wind, and will be noticed. These would be a thoughtful gift. Again there are te reo Māori phrases and some cool illustrations. There is plenty of choice for everyone, especially those who don't celebrate Christmas.
Available here:

 ** New Zealand Native Birds Christmas Decorations These two little guys are cute. Tūī and Tīrairaka (Fantail) are wearing Christmas pōtae. They are 3D decorations that can be hung. One side is illustrated and the other side can be coloured in. With push pins added the wings can be moved up and down and a message can be written under the wing.
Available here: 

**New Zealand Christmas Card Making Set
This is a fun combo of the Native birds, a smaller version of the round Christmas ornament, a 2D card (with those smaller ornaments) and a smaller 3D card like the one above. There are embellishments and NZ icons (pōhutukawa, kōwhai,tiki etc) to cut and personalise your own DIY card. Don't forget the glitter. (Arohamai cleaners)

Available here:
That's it for now. Plenty to keep the crafters busy!

5 September 2017

Te Wiki advertiser:Emoji Tiki!

I couldn't help myself. I just love  flags, and with these guys...lol!

Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with Emoji Tiki!
“Welcome and how are you?” signs
  • ·         Nau mai haere mai-welcome
  • ·         Te wiki o te reo Māori”_Māori language week (on 6 individual flags)
  • ·         Kino kē-awesome
  • ·         Kei te pēhea koe? How are you? (one flag)
  • ·         Kei te harikoa ahau. (I’m happy-to show the sentence structure)
  • ·         Pōuri-sad
  • ·         Makariri-cold
  • ·         Mamae-hurt
  • ·         Harikoa-happy
  • ·         Ngenge-tired
  • ·         Māuiui-tired
  • ·         Riri-angry
  • ·         Mataku-scared
  • ·         Rangirua-confused
  • ·         Pai-good
  • ·         Kia pai tō rā-have a good day

They are just short of A4 height (the top folds over to secure on string)
An awesome attractive display of words and phrases, which work well as either new learning or reinforcement for your learners.
**Comical Emoji Tiki will delight the tamariki and add a bit of colour to your Māori language week displays.
Would be great anywhere in the school!! I even put some up at home ktk!


3 September 2017

Te Wiki o Te Reo Maaori Bundle

Flags, banners, pennants whatever you call them, I am hooked on them!
As a resource they are a good way to introduce your new kupu. 

For example the weather flags have a picture of the weather type and the word. The task of colouring them in is a simple one, once completed and strung up with the others they become a reference. They are just as effective as a reinforcement for words previously covered. 

Included in the resource:

Weather-Te Huarere

Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13.
  • He aha te āhua o te rangi? -What’s the weather like?
  • Kei te pēhea te āhua o te rangi? -What’s the weather like?
  • Kapua-cloud
  • Hukarere-snow
  • Āniwaniwa-rainbow
  • Ua-rain
  • Uira-lightning
  • Hau-wind
  • Āwhā-storm
  • Paki-fine
  • Makariri-cold
  • Wera-hot
  • Mākū-wet

Te Whenua
The whenua flags only have the kupu on them. Most of the words are components of Aotearoa place names. This allows learners to either illustrate the word or write some examples of place names or both!
Aotearoa-Ngā Tāonga-are cultural items. These would work well to begin  an inquiry on technology or early New Zealand life.
Te Whenua
  • Whenua-land
  • Motu-island
  • Horowai-waterfall
  • Ngahere-forest
  • Awa-river
  • Roto-lake
  • Moana-sea
  • Manga-stream
  • Puke-hill
  • Ara-path
  • Rangi-sky
  • Papatūānuku-earth mother
  • Wai-water
  • Whanga-harbour
  • Puna- water spring
  • One-sand/earth
  • Mata-headland
  • Maunga-mountain


Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13.
  • Kei hea te taniwha? -Where is the taniwha??
  • Kei (location) i te (object)? -What’s the weather like?
  • Roto-in
  • Waho-out
  • Runga-above/up
  • Raro below/down
  • Mua-in front of
  • Muri-behind

Ngā Taonga-NZ Cultural Treasures
  • Wharenui-meeting house
  • Nguru-flute
  • Pūtōrino-flute
  • Heru-combs
  • Kahu kiwi-kiwi cloak
  • Wakahuia-treasure box
  • Hue-gourds
  • Poi
  • Matau-fish hook
  • Huruhuru huia-huia feather
  • Taonga tuku iho-treasures passed down
  • Piupiu
  • Tiki
  • Kete-kit
  • Harakeke-flax
  • Waka-canoe/hoe-paddle
  • Taiaha-spear


10 Whakataukī
The whakataukī are:
**Although small it is precious
**The bird that partakes in the miro owns the bush, the bird that partakes in knowledge owns the world
**The world is yours
**A person with narrow vision has restricted horizon
**If you pluck out the centre shoot of the flax where will the bellbird sit?
**The food of chiefs is dialogue
**Hold fast to faith, hope and love
**With my food basket and your food basket the people will be nourished
**Let me soar to the heavens so that I may reach my potential
**Only a small thing, given with love
The whakataukī have been carefully selected as they relate to growth mindset and values.
These are a print and go resource which means they require little preparation for the teacher :-) with a huge reward when they are completed.


My freebie is a banner of the longest place name in New Zealand.

If you haven't introduced this to your ākonga, I'm sure they will find the tongue twister a fun word to learn.

There is plenty of information on google and learners could draw a picture of this place-or Tamatea. (Brief notes also attached). Download here.

If your school would like to make an internet payment email me @ thetereomaoriclassroom@gmail.com

28 August 2017

Te Reo Maaori Workshop

I am really happy to offer this workshop in the October school holidays.
Yes that's right non-teachers. Teachers work in their holidays!

My focus will be on  exploring with you, some fun and creative ways of integrating te reo Māori and opportunities to promote student agency.
Perfect for
*BT's (PCT)
*Curriculum Team Leaders
*Anyone wanting to re-fuel their practice

Any questions? thetereomaoriclassroom@gmail.com
For details, cost and a letter for the principal, here's the link

20 August 2017

Getting Ready for Te Wiki o te Reo Maaori 2017

Over the next few weeks I will be posting some ways of incorporating more te reo for Te wiki o te reo Māori.
At one of the schools I've been in the librarian brought in a cool idea. "Stop, drop and kōrero."
At any time of the day the bell would signal it was time for this. Whatever you were involved in you would stop and find a book in te reo. Sometimes kaiako would swap rooms and read a legend to a different class.
A great idea but there aren't always suitable books for each learner to read.
One way to overcome this is for the tamariki to make their own books and read to each other.

These foldable books are perfect for this task.
I have provided a free template of "He pai ki ahau..." "I like." Everyone likes to talk about their likes!
Each ākonga can name, write and illustrate  the things they like. These could be food, sports, clothing, animals etc. You could have a selection of picture dictionaries to find kupu hou.
You could also start with word building of all the likes of the ākonga and the kupu Māori could be found as an ongoing activity.
Put them all of the completed pukapuka in a box and at a designated time each ākonga selects one out of the box, reads it in Māori and finds out about someone else's likes. The illustrations will need to reflect the likes!
I'm sure this will be a great success and by the end of the week, ākonga should be very good at saying "He pai ki ahau..."

Here's Mr Five year old with his pukapuka :-)

There are two coloured exemplars-one with translations and the other is te reo only.
If you are looking for a bit of variety here are some other foldables.

Ngā Manu-Native birds #1
Ngā Ngāngara-Insects#2
Ngā Rākau-Native trees #3
Kei Roto i te Ngahere-In the forest #4
Kei Roto i te Moana-In the sea #5

Bundle #1 New Zealand Flora and Fauna

How Are You? Kei te Pēhea Koe #6
Pets-Ngā Mōkai #7
In the Classroom-Kei Roto i te Akomanga#8
What's the Weather Like? He Aha te Āhua o te Rangi?#9
What Are You Doing? Kei te Aha Koe? #10

Bundle #2 Everyday Phrases

Let me know how you go!
Kia ora te reo D O W N L O A D  here

13 August 2017

The Akomanga: The Special Aotearoa Classroom

I was lucky enough to work with several groups of Beginning Teachers this week.
One of the many things we touched on was classroom environment.

 *When you look around your akomanga, does it look like a classroom in Aotearoa?

 *Are both Tiriti partners reflected in displays, language and culture?

 *Is there a seamless weaving and integration of te reo Māori where possible ?

 *Are the displays, charts and labels on the wall being used? Are they interactive?

 When I produce my resources I think about these things. I want my final resources to represent aspects of te ao Māori to whakamana (uphold) te reo Māori and also to represent Aotearoa and the "flavour" of NZ.

 "A good resource is a resource to grow with."

Selection of resource.

 We discussed how a resource should have a +1+2 factor. i.e. If it is a number chart, it should have at least one or two more teaching points, other than the obvious. If charts/resources are on your wall they are taking valuable "real estate", valuable learning space. It is important that what is visible is used and has heaps of learning within the one resource.

The finger patterns have been changed from the ones in this video. They are the preferred "Thumb up first, for "one".

To answer a few questions:
This has a whole school licence. This means all teachers in your school may use it under the one purchase.
Why? Usually the resources can be used by at least all of the kaiako in your team (and most often more). It saves having to go back and buy more licences without breaching the terms of a single licence. Also it means you are FREE to share it with others, in your kura, who may get heaps from it too.
Many of the kaiako purchasing these are the Team/Curriculum Leaders-they are then able to offer it to all via the school drive.
I feel it is the fairer and more economical choice for kura :-)
There are two ways of purchasing.
If you have a TpT account here:
New Zealand dollars here:

I have just added worksheets 1-10 which match the b&w versions with the addition of the sentences, writing the number word number.