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I whānau au i Waitaki – I was born in Waitaki

I whānau au i Waitaki – I was born in Waitaki

Te reo Māori in English-medium schools

Achievement objective

5.1 Communicate about past activities and events.

Learning intention

Students can:

  • Talk about events in their past.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

Whakarongo Whakarongo - Listening: Distinguish between past and present actions and states.

Kōrero Kōrero - Speaking: Discuss topics of mutual interest.

Tuhituhi Tuhituhi - Writing: Use appropriate writing conventions.

Lesson sequence

To prepare for this doughnut task (an adaptation of a 4-3-2 task), arrange the class in two circles, one inside the other. Those in the inner circle face a partner in the outer circle.

Students in the outer circle must make at least four statements to their partner about their past, for example, ‘I whānau au i _ ‘, ‘I haere au ki te kōhanga i ______ ‘ etc.

The students make their statements for 30 seconds while their partner listens without interruption. These same students in the outer circle then move around one position and repeat their same kōrero to another person in 25 seconds.

The outer students move to a third partner, having 20 seconds to complete their same kōrero this time.

Language to use

  • Model sentences about the past
  • I + verb + subject + i + location
  • I whānau au i Waitaki
  • I was born in Waitaki


whānau born kura tuatahi primary school
haere went/attended noho lived
tākaro played (sports) nuku moved
kura tuarua high school    


Further learning

When the outer students have spoken 3 times, ask students to swap roles; in other words, the listeners now become the speakers, and vice versa:

I whānau au i Waitaki.

I haere au ki te kōhanga reo i Ōtautahi.

I haere au ki te kura tuatahi i Oamaru.

I tākaro poi tarawhiti au.

I haere au ki te kura tuarua i Whangārei.

Or when talking about another person (as an adaptation):

I whānau a Māka i Waitaki.

I haere ia ki te kōhanga reo i Ōtautahi.

I haere ia ki te kura tuatahi i Oamaru.

I tākaro poi tarawhiti ia.

I haere ia ki te kura tuarua i Whangārei.

Other resources

  • Ministry of Education. (2005). Kia kakama. (pp. 68-69). Wellington: Huia Publishers. Item 94113.
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