Kā Roimata o Hinehukatere – for the teacher

Kā Roimata o Hinehukatere – for the teacher

A Kāi Tahu pūrākau

An overview

Kā Roimata o Hinehukatere is a pūrākau from Poutini ki te Toka (South Westland). It retells the Kāti Māhaki kōrero of how the glacier, Kā Roimata o Hinehukatere, was formed.

The resource comprises an illustrated picture book and three short videos.

The book

The book is written by Hinerangi Barr and recounts the story of the mountaineer tipuna, Hinehukatere. She spends her summers travelling the mountain passes and climbing the peaks of the Southern Alps. In winter, Hinehukatere returns to the lowlands where she meets Wawe and falls in love. The story goes on to explain the formation of one of the most famous glaciers in Poutini ki te Toka. Eleanor Logan’s beautiful illustrations enhance the text and bring the magnificent landscapes of Poutini alive for the reader.

The videos

The videos have been made as vlogs, with a Kāti Māhaki taiohi returning to his marae in Poutini ki te Toka. From there he shares three additional kōrero about the mountains and his tīpuna. Kā Roimata a Hinehukatere takes us from the top to the bottom of the glacier, as Ngātai shares the kōrero. Noti Hinetamatea follows Ngātai on the track to Pōpātea which his tīpuna discovered and maintained for centuries. Kā Tiritiri o te Moana tells us about Māui’s connection to Maitahi and his naming of the Southern Alps.

Hītori Māori

The resource has been designed for use in junior classrooms to support the teaching and learning of Hītori Māori.

The resource offers opportunities to:

  • make connections with iwi and the landscape
  • explore how Māori make sense of the natural world
  • create connections with local iwi
  • learn about technology Māori used to make resources and tools
  • learn vocabulary specific to Mohua and its landscape
  • investigate stories of landmarks in your own rohe
  • research glaciers and alpine regions and how people interact with these environments
  • create links to other learning areas Pūtaiao, Tikanga ā-Iwi and Te Reo Māori.

Links to the learning areas


Planet Earth and Beyond – level 2

Earth systems

Students will explore and describe natural features and resources.

Interacting systems

Students will describe how natural features are changed and resources affected by natural events and human actions                        

Planet Earth and Beyond – level 3

Earth systems

Students will appreciate that water, air, rocks and soil, and life forms make up our planet and recognise that these are also Earth’s resources.

Interacting systems

Students will investigate the water cycle and its effect on climate, landforms, and life.

Social Sciences

Level 2

Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:

  • Understand how cultural practices reflect and express people’s customs, traditions, and values.
  • Understand how places influence people and people influence places.
Level 3

Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to:

  • Understand how people view and use places differently.
  • Understand how people remember and record the past in different ways.

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