Te mahi hī a Māui – Māui’s fishing
Te reo Māori in English-medium schools
5.2 Communicate about present and past states, feelings, and opinions.
- retell a story.
At the end of this lesson, students can:
Tuhituhi - Writing: Write information on familiar topics in a range of contexts, past and present.
Pānui - Reading: Distinguish between past and present actions and states.
Whakarongo - Listening: Understand specific details in contexts that may contain some unfamiliar language.
Tell the students that the story of Māui fishing up Te Ika a Māui describes how he came to be fishing with his brothers and the outcome of the fishing trip.
In pairs, students then retell this Māui story in their own words, in Māori.
Print copies of Resource sheets 5E, 5F and 5G for students to complete. The answers are online in three Māui stories found on the Te Kete Ipurangi website.
Find these stories in the right hand menu:
- Māui and the giant fish
- How Māui brought fire to the world
- How Māui slowed the sun
Language to use
Model answers for Resource sheet 5E: Te Ika a Māui:
- Kia haere atu ia ki te hī ika i te taha o ana tuākana.
- Nōtemea kāore ia i whakaaetia kia haere ki te hī ika (e ana tuākana).
- Nōtemea i haere huna a Māui i tō rātou waka.
- I mau tika tonu i te whiutanga.
- Ka wehi rātou.
- Nōtemea i huri tonu rātou ki te tapahi haere i te ika. I tautohe hoki rātou.
Model answers for Resource sheet 5F: Ko Māui rāua ko te Rā:
- 1. I te kai ia.
- Nā Murirangawhenua.
- I te moe ia.
- ‘Taura nui, taura roa, taura kaha, taura toa, taura here i a Tama nui te rā, whakamaua kia mau kia ita!’
- Kia pūhoi tana haere, kia āta haere ia.
Model answers for Resource sheet 5G: Ko Māui rāua ko Mahuika:
- He aha te take ka wehe ai a Rangi rāua ko Papa?
- Ko wai te tāne o Hineahuone?
- I pīrangi a Tū kia wehe ana mātua?
- Alpers, A. (2001). Māori myths and tribal legends. Auckland: Pearson Education New Zealand Ltd.
- Orbell, M. R. (1998). A concise encyclopedia of Māori myth and legend. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press.