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Ko wai ahau? – Who am I?

Ko wai ahau? – Who am I?

Te reo Māori in English-medium schools

Achievement objective

5.4  Describe, compare and contrast people, places and things.

Learning intention

Students can:

  • Use context clues to guess identities.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

Pānui Pānui - Reading: Understand specific details in written contexts that may contain some unfamiliar language.


Resource sheet 5D - Ko wai ahau

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • HKRCL-A6-Resource-sheet-5D-Ko-wai-ahau.doc
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Lesson sequence

The teacher prints and laminates Resource sheet 5D: Ko wai ahau? and places it on the wall. 

A different student secretly fills the spaces in each lesson, writing information about themselves using a white-board pen. 

The rest of the class must guess who the mystery student is.

Language to use

Example answers
Nō Otepoti ahau.  
Nō Te Teko ahau.  
He wahine ātaahua ahau. He kōtiro matatau ahau.
He tamaiti koi ahau. He tama whakamā ahau.
Tekau mā whā aku tau.  
He tino kaha au ki te mahi pāngarau.  
He tino kaha au ki te mahi kapa haka.  
He pai ki ahau ngā (name of band).  
He pai ki ahau ngā (sports team).  


The teacher or students could describe other people, for example, popular teachers, iwi leaders, television celebrities. 

It is useful to encourage students to investigate and use the correct versions of Māori place names, for example, Ōtākou, Whanganui, Ōtāwhao (Te Awamutu).


Further learning

Incorporate kīwaha into the sentences, for example:

e tino kaha au ki te ... could be He toki au ki te ...

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