Morena Tamariki Ma

Room 14  are committed to our countries Te Tiriti o Waitangi Partnership. Our whole class is practising and developing our use of te reo Māori. Teacher and students learning together.  


A visual resource to help us describe how we are feeling in te reo


Classroom commands resources made by the Maori Curriculum Team


We start each day by saying our school Karakia with pride and respect

We start every day greeting each other in te reo.  We can say Morena (Morning) Ata marie (Peaceful morning) and Tena Koe (Greetings to you).


Our school Karakia that we say together with pride and respect each morning

Each morning after we have done our greetings we start our day with our school karakia.  We take turns to introduce the karakia and we can all say it with pride and respect together.

We have resources made by our schools Māori Curriculum Team that support us all in our use of te reo.  We have learnt to describe how we are feeling, along with using and understanding common commands within the classroom.


Room 14s display of individual Pepeha

As a class we have made individual Pepeha to introduce ourselves in the traditional Māori way that establishes identity and heritage. We are developing our confidence to say our Pepeha.


The Maori 10 and names for numbers connect to our place value understanding of 2 digit numbers


Show me rima


Rima and tahi makes ono

Room 14 try to integrate te reo and tikanga Māori into our daily learning. In maths we count in te reo and we really appreciate the logic of the Māori number system.  There is no names like eleven and twelve just lovely numbers like tekau ma tahi and tekau ma rua which connect so well to our place value understanding. In writing we retell Māori legends to learn to sequence. In reading we access the ready to read stories that include Māori language and experiences and share and relate our knowledge and experiences to these stories.


Wha is tahi less that rima


Toru means three


This is the finger pattern for te kou


Some of the Ready to Read stories that include tikanga and te reo Maori

Student Voice

Te Omeka’s Retell of Maui and the Sun

Once upon a time there were four brothers.  They did not have enough time to get stuff done.  The problem was the sun going to fast for them to get stuff done.  At night the brothers made a net to get the sun. Maui told the brothers to throw the net on the sun.  Then Maui hit the sun. The sun said “I am getting killed” . But Maui said “I am killing you”. Then Maui said to the sun “if you go slow I won’t hit you”.  The End

Lachlan’s Retell of Maui and the Sun

Once upon a time there were four brothers.  The sun went too fast. They did not have enough time to do stuff.  So the brothers made a net and they made a rope and they tied the rope to the net.  They through the rope over the sun’s head and hit the sun in the head until it was weak.  The End

We say the Karakia because it is important to us. Pania

The Karakia is about Maori culture. Declan

I like saying Morena because it is easy.  Ryleigh

I like saying Tena Koa in the morning.  Jessie

I can say my Pepeha and the school ending Karakia.  Te Omeka

I like to start the school Karakia.  Kiara

The school Karakia reminds us to be kind and peaceful.  Lachlan

I am learning to say the school Karakia, I can say the first bit.  Violet

Next Learning Steps

Our next learning steps are to have our whole class learn our school ending Karakia and say it each afternoon before we go home.  We also would like to see more conversational language between students develop. We could try having a student lead our greetings each morning.

Keywords: te reo,  Māori language learning,  Māori Curriculum

Curriculum Links

Achievement Objectives Level 1

1.1 greet, farewell, and acknowledge people and respond to greetings and acknowledgements;

1.2 introduce themselves and others and respond to introductions;

1.3 communicate about number, using days of the week, months, and dates;

1.4 communicate about personal information, such as name, parents’ and grandparents’ names, iwi, hapū, mountain, and river, or home town and place of family origin;

1.5 communicate about location;

1.6 understand and use simple politeness conventions (for example, ways of acknowledging people, expressing regret, and complimenting people);

1.7 use and respond to simple classroom language (including asking for the word to express something in te reo Māori)

We start each day by saying our school Karakia with pride and respect2