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Purongo huarere - Weather report

Purongo huarere - Weather report

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

Achievement objective

7.1 Communicate about future plans.

Learning intentions

Students can:

  • sift visual information to create written text
  • write and deliver a weather report orally.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

Pānui – Reading: Understand much of what is written about a range of topics across a range of text types.

Tuhituhi – Writing: Use resources to experiment with new language and review writing for accuracy.

Kōrero – Speaking: Use appropriate pronunciation, intonation, rhythm and stress. 
Give talks on a range of topics in a range of contexts.


  • Video showing the reading of weather forecast
Resource sheet 7E - He mahere whenua

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Resource-sheet-7E-He-mahere-whenua.doc
  • 73 KB
Resource sheet 7F - Ngā tohu huarere

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Resource-sheet-7F-Nga-tohu-huarere.doc
  • 423 KB
Resource sheet 7G - Pūrongo huarere

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Resource-sheet-7G-Purongo-huarere.doc
  • 289 KB
Kupu taka - Huarere

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Kupu-taka-Huarere.doc
  • 13 KB

Lesson sequence

Before the lesson, record weather reports from Te Kāea on Māori Television or from iwi radio.
Show the students the examples of weather reports in Māori to capture the language used.

Hand out Resource sheet 7E: He mahere whenua, Resource sheet 7F: Ngā tohu huarere and Kupu taka: Huarere. Ask the students to write a weather report for Te Kāea that night, using Resource sheet 7G: Pūrongo huarere as a guide. These weather reports should include kīwaha and alerts, if necessary.

Have the students exchange weather reports and present them as if they were on Te Kāea. Record the reports on video for discussion and feedback.

Suggested language focus Suggested vocabulary Notes
Prefix ‘whaka’ with definite article ‘te’




The prefix and the definite article give the idea of ‘towards’, for example:

  • towards the north
  • towards the mountains.
Directional particle ‘mai’ with locative particle ‘i’
mai i
mai i te tonga  
e kore ... e ... e kore te ua e heke ā te ahiahi  
kāhore i te … kāhore i te paikia puta ā te ata  
nō te mea nō te mea he hau tonga e pupuhi ana  
i te mea    
tā te mea    
nō reira nō reira me hari ō koutou tāporena  


Students could construct their own weather map and forecast.


Further learning

Invite a local iwi radio station to come to school to explain their weather forecast procedures.

Other resources

Photographs, satellite imagery and radar readings.

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