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Kia kama – Hurry up

Kia kama – Hurry up

Te reo Māori in English-medium schools

Achievement objective

6.1  Give and follow instructions.

Learning intentions

Students can:

  • follow oral instructions to perform a simple task
  • place events in a sequential manner
  • demonstrate knowledge of past and present tense.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

Whakarongo - Listening: Make use of context and familiar language to understand instructions and information in formal and informal contexts.


Teachers’ notes 1 - Whakarongo

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Teachers-notes-1-Whakarongo.doc
  • 2.1 MB
Kupu taka - Kia Kama

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Kupu-taka-Kia-Kama.doc
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Lesson sequence

Hand out a copy of Teachers’ notes 1: Whakarongo and Kupu taka: Kia kama to each student.

As you read the sentences from Teachers’ notes 2: Ngā rerenga kōrero, ask the students to choose the illustration that relates to what is being said. Encourage the students to use Kupu taka: Kia kama as needed.

Language to use

Use one tense or a combination of tenses as desired:

Kei te is, am, are
Kei te; ka is going to, am going to, are going to; will

Use other tense markers to begin sentences for more proficient students.

I -ed, did
Ka for sequence
Completed past  
Kua has, have


The students could be given the sentences with the illustrations as a reading activity.
Have the students make up their own sentences and take turns reading them aloud while the other students identify the illustrations being described.

Other resources

  • Moorfield, J.C. (2001). Te Whanake 1: Te kākano. (pp 93-98) Auckland: Longman Paul.
    Models writing about events in sequence using phrases such as:
    He aha _____?
    Kia _____ ai. (See page 99 for examples)
    Kia ____ he aha ______?
    Kia hia?
    Includes kōrerorero, a discussion about using these structures.
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