Whakataukii Collaborative Posters

Collaborative Posters are a  fantastic way to introduce whakataukī  into your akomanga.
This simple lesson is an inclusive, fun, community building activity.

Here is a mini one for you to try out.

What are collaborative posters?

Each student is given one section of a large mosaic poster to colour in. 
By looking carefully at their matching coloured piece,  ākonga practice blending and mixing colours as close as they can to the original.Once all sheets are coloured and cut out they are then assembled  to reveal a large multi-colored mosaic/poster/mural. This one being two beautiful manaia.
By completing this activity, the learners are exemplifying the collaboration whakataukī:
“Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, he toa takitini”
Success is not the work of one, but the work of many.

By completing this poster the proverb has been actioned.

Each person has a numbered piece to colour in.

Each individual page has a coloured piece as a guide


When the colouring has been completed you can simply glue the finished product to a backing sheet or alternatively as a Growth Mindset activity see if the ākonga can work together to put the mosaic back together. This is not as easy as it seems!

Some teachers who have bought these for their schools have said its a really easy and effective way to introduce and promote whakataukī to other colleagues.
They have been used from Year 1’s to Year 13’s and I often use them on my courses as a collaborative exercise.
(Great for any collaborative-team building.)

Collaborative Posters Mahi ngātahi

This whakataukī is one of my favourites. AKO-reciprocal learning is the kaupapa this whakataukī falls under. Be an active learner! Build your skills so that you can do those things you want to do. Wishing often doesn’t bring the final result. Planning, practicing, attempting, failing, attempting again, improving…..all of those character building traits can be discussed when introducing this whakataukī. The English translation is optional, as I know many of you like te reo Māori only, on your walls. (He pai tērā whakaaro!)

Here is our fabulous finished product. During our te reo PD we gave this a go to trial  the process. There were definitely opportunities to collaborate about the same colours, shading or texture. The kaiako were a group of second year teachers, teaching years 0-3.
This could also be introduced if your Inquiry was to do with Te Moana (The Sea).

One of my favourite pūrākau “Rata and the rākau/waka”. This resource includes the story of Rata. If your topic was SUSTAINABILITY, KAITIAKITANGA, TE NGAHERE-the forest this would be a perfect resource.
“Tiakina te wao nui a Tāne hei oranga mōu.”

Look after the great forest of Tāne and it will look after you.

Is your topic Native Birds? This  collaborative talks about our uniqueness. We are all different like the Tūī the Kererū and the Kākā.


Anzac Collaborative Poster

Although not a whakataukī, this ANZAC poster has a quote from “The Ode of Remembrance”. I was inspired by a wee four year old who learnt this ode in Māori to recite at an ANZAC parade.This includes the words (in te reo) and a link to a native speaker reciting the ode. 
The banner is also available in te reo only.


 This is a perfect opportunity to use some pastel techniques if you wanted to teach some art skills as well.

 Finished product. Ka mau te wehi!!



Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.

Mini Freebie Whakataukī


Here is a fabulous mini-collaborative for you to try out. The beauty of this is that it can be a mini-cooperative task where 6 people can collaborate.

Mā te kimi ka kite

Mā te kite ka mōhio

Mā te mōhio ka mārama

Seek and discover

Discover and know

Know and become enlightened

This would be great for any conversation about learning, persevering, discovery, and of course the three kete mātauranga-the baskets of knowledge.


Heres a small version which is great for groups or individuals.

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