Learning outcomes

Children of our area began an inquiry to find out more about the ancestors of the place they live. They found many of the stories told on the Marae were not written down but carved into the meeting house and designs of the tukutuku panels. Research led them to Kaumatua Taipiri Munro to listen to the old stories. The challenge was then made to retell these stories.

Our original intention was to video the children retelling their stories which we began. The written form was easier to access so a decision to write the stories was made.

Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki

1.4 communicate about personal information, such as name, parents’ and grandparents’ names, iwi, hapū, mountain and river, or home town and place of family origin
1.5 communicate about location


  • use appropriate facial expressions, body language and images to convey messages (with and without accompanying verbal language) in waiata.

Key Competencies

  • using language, symbols and texts (writing stories as comic strips using bitstrips)
  • managing self ( listening politely to Kaumata)
  • relating to others ( telling the stories in waiata for the parents)
  • participating and contributing. ( creating carvings for the school hall)

Kotahi tonu te matua o tangata Maori, ko Ranginui e tu nei, ko Papa-tu-a-nuku e takoto nei

Level 1 Explain the natural and cultural features of a place.
Level 4 1 Explain how places reflect the past interactions between people and the environment.

The benefits of Tikanga-a-iwi
Students will develop an understanding of their own identity through a focus on the people, the events and the influences that have contributed towards shaping New Zealand as a society.