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Unit 1 Ko au (I, me, myself)


Whāia te iti kahurangi.

Me ka tuohu koe, me maunga teitei.

Reach for the stars.

If you have to bow, let it be to a lofty mountain.


Introduce the following aspects of tikanga Māori to your students:

  • The concept of whānau extends beyond parents and children to include grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and others.
  • Whakapapa is important. It defines a person and his or her links within the whānau and to other groups. It governs the relationships between them.
  • Whakapapa is a much broader concept than the concept of a family tree. Through whakapapa, each person may belong to different groups: whānau, hapū, iwi, and waka.

Beside the examples of te reo Māori in the following tasks and activities, English translations are provided to assist you. They are not literal translations, but how to communicate the same thing in English. This support does not mean that you should necessarily say the English. That depends on the task or activity and your students' needs.

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