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Te Ao Maori

Under the kaupapa of Te Ao Māori me ōna tikanga which must necessarily embrace Te Reo Māori and indigenous knowledge.

Originally our kaupapa was to improve the Māori Medium Pathway for our schools through learning from pre-school to tertiary students. Over time it became evident that this was a bigger a picture for our students, and that in order to support CR&RP for all our students, all schools and classrooms need a Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Māori approach, thus ensuring our tamariki and rangatahi thrive in their culture, identity and language.

It is our intention to ensure that all teachers have the capacity to be able to provide Te Ao Māori in all classrooms in our Kāhui Ako, including having the resources required .


Te Ao Maori Resources

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Te Matauranga o Aotearoa

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He Manu Tuhituhi

He Manu Tuhituhi was first published as a boxed set of books in 2008. This is a resource to assist teachers of year 1–6 students who are learning to write in Māori within a Māori-medium educational setting. The resource includes four manuals for teachers and 11 teacher-student books.

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Ngā Kete Kōrero

Ngā Kete Kōrero is a series of pukapuka-books that help children learn to read in te reo Māori.

There are over 400 titles in the series, and some changes have been made following a 2016 review. These have included re-levelling the books to make sure the level is relevant to the age, updating some of the reo Māori, and rebranding. 1.5 million of these books have been printed and are in schools now.


He Pānui Arahanga

The stories and ideas in He Kohikohinga are designed to support reading and writing programmes. The stories model appropriate language structures and features that students can use in their own writing.

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Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki

Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13


Hei Korowai Tuatahi mo te Marautanga Reo Pākeha

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Digital Technologies - Hāngarau Matahiko

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko is about teaching our tamariki and children how technology works, and how they can use that knowledge to solve problems. 

Once this new curriculum is introduced, our kids won’t just be using devices like computers and smart phones. The changed curriculum will mean that schools will be teaching our young people the computer science principles that all digital technologies are built on.

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Poutama Tau




Te ao Maori contexts in Mathematics: nzmaths resources

nzmaths has units at Levels One to Level Four on Matariki  Each level has four or five lessons with a different te ao Māori focus, the lessons are self contained so you can select individual lessons:

Level One

Lesson One: Stars

Lesson Two: whakapapa, family trees

Lesson Three: music, rakau

Lesson Four: time lines – steps in preparing a hangi

Lesson Five: making rawena paraoa (includes recipes for ‘bug’ and bread.  The bug needs to ferment for several days, this could be prepared at the start of the week.

Level Two

Lesson One: Legend of Tamarereti, counting to and from 200

Lesson Two: Time, calendars, fishing context (Māui)

Lesson Three: Choosing food for the hangi (statistics)

Lesson Four: string games. Whai – shapes, following processes/algorithms

Lesson Five: Mū Tōrere game

Level Three

Lesson One: Investigating stars of Matariki

Lesson Two: Tukutuku patterns

Lesson Three: Te Ara: Pōtaka tā, spinning tops

Lesson Four: Kōwhaiwhai patterns

Lesson Five: Kī-o-Rahi game

Level Four

Lesson One: Investigating the stars of Matariki – orientation, lunar calendar

Lesson Two: Family Trees, whakapapa, remembering ancestors, legend of Ranginui and Papatuanuku

Lesson Three: Tukutuku and kaokao

Lesson Four: Kite flying, manu tukutuku

Other Resources on nzmaths with a Māori focus:

Level Two

The Seven Stars of Matariki

Level Three

Hanging Out For Hāngi

Helping with the Hāngi

Preparing for the Hāngi

Kai Moana

Te Whānau Taparau – The Polygon Family

Waka Widths

Voyage from Hawaiki

‘Co-ordinating’ the Past

Kia Ora

Kapa Haka Practice

Level Four

Kapa Haka Hāngi


Waka Ama

The Fish Hooks of Ngāke

List compiled by Shirley Collins


Updates & Resources

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Ka Hikitia

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Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners

Tātaiako is a resource explaining competencies teachers need to develop so they can help Māori learners achieve educationally as Māori.

It was developed by the Ministry of Education, the Teachers Council and a reference group of academics, teacher education practitioners and iwi representatives involved in iwi educational initiatives.

Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners