Nau mai mai ki to tātou akoranga kia horapa ai ngā kōrero o ngā iwi Māori! Here’s some more information about what our fourth learning unit in LEVEL ONE of our Te Puna Reo Māori programme includes. Every aspect of our learning supports te reo Māori, te ao Māori, tikanga Māori and mātauranga Māori in your school and learning community. We explore the following topics in our Ahunga Mai learning unit:

  • pūrākau and waiata of land, origins, migrations, maunga, moana, awa and much more
  • the origin of the land of Aotearoa including Māui and his journey
  • the shaping of the land in Aotearoa and describing where we are from using a Māori perspective of the land
  • origin locations of iwi Māori across the Pacific from different Hawaiki
  • Kupe and te wheke nunui (giant octopus) and associated place names across Aotearoa
  • common related place names found across Te Moananui-a-Kiwa (Pacific Ocean) and in Aotearoa
  •  various navigation methods used by voyagers enroute to Aotearoa
  • life on a migration waka including what types of people, equipment, plants and kai were taken on migration journeys
  • waka arrivals in Aotearoa including kōrero about specific waka that arrived in various regions
  • early settlements in Aotearoa through to more established pā and coastal villages
  • internal migrations of iwi and hapū in the generations after settlement
  • landmarks such as maunga and the history contained in their pūrākau
  • waterways and bodies of water and the history contained in their kōrero
  • the journey from tangata whenua to mana whenua for iwi and hapū Māori
  • the whenua under your school and nearby waterways related to your pepeha ā-hapori (community pepeha)
  • mana and ongoing kaitiakitanga responsibilities of local iwi and hapū

Lesson Contents

A list of the lesson sections covered in this comprehensive learning unit is below. The lesson for students each week contains 3 – 4 sections, anywhere between 5 and 10 learning videos that include plenty of speaking activities, a number of waiata and book videos to support your ākonga learning plus additional activities such as art, research questions, literacy and numeracy activities and much more. Our Daily Tikanga is gradually increased throughout each term as well. Previous learning content is extended and revised each week as we scaffold our learners through the vast array of learning outcomes and achievements objectives required under Level 1 of Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori – Kura Auraki (Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13).