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E te motu e Aotearoa – To the island

E te motu e Aotearoa – To the island

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

Achievement objective

7.5  Read about and recount actual or imagined events in the past.

Learning intentions

Students can:

  • summarise information
  • construct a personal profile
  • select appropriate whakataukī, kupu whakarite or kīwaha to describe a character.


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 written text types.

Tuhituhi - Writing: Begin to use language to entertain and persuade as well as to inform.

Kōrero - Speaking: Use te reo Māori to entertain and persuade as well as to inform.


Recordings of Waka Huia, Te Karere, Te Kāea or other Māori programming.

Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau by Claudia Orange.

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies?setlang=en

Resource sheet 7O - E te motu e

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Resource-sheet-7O-E-te-motu-e.docx
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Lesson sequence

Before the lesson, record the mihi/introductions from television programmes such as Waka Huia, Te Karere and Te Kāea from TVNZ and Māori Television.

Have the students study the mihi and introductions of the presenters. Discuss aspects of presentation styles used, for example:

  • type of mihi
  • composure
  • sentences used
  • formal or informal language
  • whakataukī and kupu whakarite.

Ask the students to research a well-known Māori from the Ngā Tāngata Taumata Rau books or website.
Have them prepare a short introduction to a mock TV item on their subject, using Resource sheet 7O: E te motu e. Ask one student to act out the role of a TV presenter, introducing their subject to camera and signing off.

The students could simulate a TV setting with backdrops, script, etc. Review the introductions as a class and assess student performance, providing constructive feedback.

Language to use

Descriptive language
Kupu whakarite


The students could introduce items on other topics such as marae, wāhi tapu, historical events, etc.

Further learning

The students could complete the biography in précis form and give a summary of that person’s achievements.

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