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Auē taukiri e! – Whoa!

Auē taukiri e! – Whoa!

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

Achievement objective

8.2 Develop an argument or point of view, with reasons.

Learning intentions

Students can:

  • follow a storyline
  • write a creative and exciting ending to a story
  • use prediction and deductive thinking in narratives.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

Whakarongo - Listening: Understand much of other speakers of te reo Māori say about a range of topics.

Tuhituhi - Writing: Write about a range of topics across a wide range of text types, selecting words and expressions that are appropriate for their purpose and intended audience.


Maxwell, H. (1995). Ngā Pūkōrero o te Wā 5. Wellington: Te Pou Taki Kōrero.

Resource sheet 8A Auē taukiri e!

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

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Lesson sequence

Have the students listen to ‘He Reo Wairua’ by Henrietta Maxwell on the tape ‘Ngā Pūkōrero o te Wā 5’, if available in your school. Alternatively, read the story to students – using Resource sheet 8A. This story is about a girl and her kuia who go diving for kōura.

Stop the story when the girl recalls the waves breaking and the sea being red. (Where the narrator says “i tēnei mea”, for example: “E whati mai ana ngā ngaru, whero tonu te kara, whati mai ana ka kitea e mātou whero tonu i tēnei mea…”)

Read again (or replay the tape), so that the students can listen to the story twice more.

Ask the students to read the written version of the story on Resource sheet 8A: Auē taukiri e!Have them suggest reasons why the water turned red and suggest a conclusion to the story.

Suggested language focus Suggested vocabulary Notes
Sentence beginnings tērā tētahi … Teacher can supply other sentence starters that students have learnt.
  nō muri mai …  
  i taku kitenga atu …  
  nā, ...  
Continuous tense particle: ana huri ana … This style is used in narratives to create a quick flow to the story.
  rere ana …  
  whero ana …  
  autaia ana …  
Sequencing ka … ka … kātahi ka …  
Kīwaha that express surprise kātahi nei  
  ka mau te wehi   
  auē taukiri/taukuri e   
  autaia ana  
  ko wai ka mōhio  


Further learning

Research Māori attitudes towards nature and gathering kaimoana.

Other resources

Pere, R. (1982). Ako: Concepts and learning in the Māori Tradition. Hamilton: University of Waikato.
Pere, R. (1991). 'Te Wheke: Whaia te Māramatanga me te Aroha.' In Middleton, S. (Ed.) Women and Education in Aotearoa. Wellington: Allen and Urwin, Port Nicholson Press.
Offers ideas regarding spiritual and cultural aspects of the Māori.
Te Taura Whiri te Reo Māori. (1999). He kohinga kīwaha. Auckland: Reed.
Mead, H., Grove, N. (2001). Ngā Pēpeha a ngā Tīpuna. Wellington: Victoria University Press.
Barlow, C. (1991). Tikanga Whakaaro: Key Concepts in Māori Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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