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He toki! – He’s the man!

He toki! – He’s the man!

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

Achievement objective

7.4  Offer and respond to information and opinions, giving reasons.

Learning intentions

Students can:

  • describe people/characters
  • construct a personal profile of a selected character
  • select appropriate whakataukī, kupu whakarite or kīwaha to describe a character.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

Mātakitaki - Viewing: Describe how visual and verbal features are combined for different purposes and audiences.

Tuhituhi - Writing: Write about a range of topics, using words and expressions that are appropriate for the purpose and intended audience.


Māori video/DVD

Resource sheet 7N - He toki

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Resource-sheet-7N-He-toki.doc
  • 15 KB

Lesson sequence

Access the video for ‘Moko Toa’ or other Māori DVDs; for example, Whale Rider.
Have the students watch the video and discuss the features of the characters:

  • Who are they?
  • Where are they from?
  • What words would you use to describe them?
  • What is their favorite saying?

Show the DVD again, and ask the students to concentrate on one or two characters, observing nuances and traits such as stance, acting, speech, interactions. 
Have the students record their observations on Resource sheet 7N: He toki.
Encourage the students to promote the movie or character in poster or digital form. Before they start they should look at other promotional materials for ideas on layout, text and image use.

Language to use

Descriptive language
Kupu whakarite

Other resources

Profiles of famous New Zealanders: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies?setlang=en

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