The Akomanga: The Special Aotearoa Classroom
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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 … Read More

Kei Roto i te Moana: In the Sea
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It’s big, it’s beautiful, it’s te moana. How many classrooms have you been in where the topic is “The sea”? How many of those classrooms had kupu Māori or a Māori perspective visible? This is one of the easiest to … Read More

Te Huia. Gone But Not Forgotten.
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My favourite bird in the whole world is the huia.(Big call)From her white tipped blacky- purple metallic tail feathers to her long slender curved ivory beak. A beauty she must have been to watch in our ngahere. Teaming up with … Read More

Kaitiakitanga and Matariki
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Guardianship, stewardship, protection, preservation of taonga. In Te Ao Māori there lies a deep relationship between humans and the natural world. All life is connected. Everything has a “mauri” or life force. A stream has a mauri that enables fish … Read More

The Te Reo Maori Classroom
Te Huarere-te reo Māori Weather Unit
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I am finally able to offer te reo Māori products in $NZ for those of you who have asked. I’m also happy to say that this is a MULTIPLE LICENCE for yourself and other teachers at your school. This saves … Read More

Whakataukii Colouring Pages… the best!
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Growing up, one of my favourite hobbies was colouring in. I used those crayons that melt if you held them  tightly. I liked colouring in pencils but it took a long time to finish any big projects. I was okay … Read More

Manu maaori.. our native birds
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Manu māori-one of the names for native birds. Do you know the difference between Māori and māori? (If not you may find these useful.)They are so fascinating and beautiful-and yes there’s the odd cheeky one too. Some of them have … Read More

Using Whakataukī in the Classroom
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Enjoy this freebie te reo Māori printable in your school, home or office.  Whakatauki are such a rich part of te ao Māori. Te Ao Māori is founded on a deep tradition of oral history. What are whakataukī? Whakataukī are … Read More

Te Waka-A Symbol of Collaboration: kotahitanga
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He waka kootuia kaahore e tukutukua ngaa mimira A canoe that is interlaced will not become separated at the bow. In unity there is strength. The waka  encapsulates the long history of Māori as ocean voyagers, navigators, and innovators. It … Read More

Kupe-he’s the man!
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Back to school and there will be no stopping after next week with plenty of’ mahi to get through!I spent last weekend up at Paihia and it was just exciting watching the preparations for Waitangi day begin.. I had heaps … Read More

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