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Kei Ōtara taku kāinga – My home is at Ōtara

Kei Ōtara taku kāinga – My home is at Ōtara

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

Achievement objectives

1.2 Introduce themselves and others and respond to introductions.

1.4 Communicate about personal information such as name and home.

Learning intentions

Students can:

  • respond to questions asking about personal information.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

Kōrero - Speaking: Respond appropriately to simple, familiar instructions and simple questions.

Pānui - Reading: Identify letters of the Māori alphabet (arapū), letter combinations, basic written language conventions, and simple punctuation.

Tuhituhi - Writing: Write simple, familiar words, phrases, and sentences using the conventions of written language, such as appropriate spelling and punctuation.


Photos of people and places from magazines, etc (optional)

Resource sheet 1B Ngā ingoa

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • HKRCL-A1-Resource-sheet-1B-Nga-ingoa.doc
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Resource sheet 1C Kei Ōtara taku kāinga

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • HKRCL-A1-Resource-sheet-1C-Kei-Otara-taku-kainga.doc
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Lesson sequence

Before the lesson, cut up Resource sheet 1B: Ngā ingoa, and make copies of Resource sheet 1C: Kei Ōtara taku kāinga.

Place the cards of the people’s names and place names in two piles, face down in front of the group of students. Tell them to take turns selecting a name and a place card. They are to pretend to be that person and introduce themselves:

Introduce these sentences in Māori.

Ko _______ taku ingoa. My name is ________.
Kei _______ taku kāinga. My home is in ________.

Asks them to introduce themselves (in their character roles) in Māori, placing the names in the sentences.

For example, Ko Lilo taku ingoa. Kei Ōtara taku kāinga.

When the students have had the opportunity to practise saying these sentences have them draw self portraits. If they are able, ask them to write their real name underneath their portrait, and where they live, in Māori.

Language to use

Ko wai tō ingoa? What is your name?
Kei (w)hea tō kāinga? Where is your home?


Māori often ask where someone is from, before they ask what their name is.

Nō hea koe? Where are you from?
Nō Taranaki ahau. I am from Taranaki.


Cut out characters from magazines as substitutes for written names. Ensure a broad representation of characters.

Further learning

Introduce questions to initiate discussion.

Ko wai tō ingoa? What is your name?
Kei hea tō kāinga? Where is your home?

Students answer these questions in character, or simply introduce themselves, for example:

Ko Kate taku ingoa. Kei Smith Street taku kāinga.

Other resources

  • Question four of the short interactive quiz at Kōrero Māori models pronunciation for ‘Ko wai tō ingoa?’
  • The target questions are modeled in this brief cartoon at Te Whanake Online.
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