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He aha tō hiahia? – What would you like?

He aha tō hiahia? – What would you like?

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

Achievement objective

2.3 Communicate about likes.

Learning intentions

Students can:

  • express their likes
  • join two or more things in a list.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

Whakarongo – listening: Understand a range of short oral texts containing familiar phrases and sentences.

Kōrero – speaking: Ask simple questions and give simple information.

Whakaatu – presenting: Combine visual and verbal language to present information and/or ideas.

Tuhituhi – writing: Write a series of sentences in te reo Māori describing the appearance or characteristics of something.


Māori–English dictionaries

Lesson sequence

In this task have the students compile lists of things they would like for their birthday, dinner, the holidays, etc.

He aha tō hiahia? What would you like?
He paihikara taku hiahia. I want a bike.
He hāte taku hiahia. I want a shirt.

In short we can say:

He hū. Some shoes.
He paoro poi tarawhiti. A netball.

Where you want more than one thing, you can link the answers; for example when discussing what we would like for dinner:

He aha tō hiahia? What would you like?
He mīti heihei, he pī, he kīnaki taku hiahia. I want chicken, peas, and gravy.

Alternatively, the students could say ‘I want …:’

E hiahia ana au ki te mīti heihei, ngā pī, me te kīnaki. I want chicken, peas, and gravy.

Develop the lists of presents and/or meals into poster form, using pictures cut out from catalogues and magazines. Label in Māori.

Language to use

Ngā hiahia Wants/desires:
hoki return moe sleep
haere go noho stay/sit
karetao doll paihikara bike
āporo apple inu drink
kai eat motokā car
heihei chicken tio oyster
maramara riwai potato chips hāmipeka hamburger
tākaro play kēmu hiko electric guitar


Use a Māori-English dictionary to develop vocabulary suggested by the students.

Further learning

The students could discuss what they would like to do when school is finished.

He aha tō hiahia, Amohia? What would you like (to do) Amohia?
E hiahia ana au ki te hoki (ki te kāinga). I want to return (to home).
E hiahia ana au ki te haere. I want to go.
E hiahia au ana ki te tākaro. I want to play.

When the bell rings, indicate that the class is now free to go:

E Amo, e hoki koe. Off you go, Amo.
Me haere tātou. Let’s go.

This sentence structure can now be used in general classroom discussion.

E hiahia ana koutou ki te haere ki waho?

Would you like to go outside?

E hiahia ana au ki te haere ki te moana.

I would like to go to the beach.

E hiahia ana koutou ki te mātakitaki kōpae?

Would you like to watch a DVD?


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