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Ngā ika e rua (Two fish)


Despite this being a very simple animation, it is effective with children because the smaller fish (‘ika iti’) gobbles up the larger fish (‘ika nui’)! You will hear a useful expression that you can use in the classroom – when it’s time to eat; namely ‘Ko te wā kai’.

Language Focus

You will notice the placement of adjectives after the noun, for example, ika nui (big fish).

You will also hear the question starter ‘He aha...’ (What...), for example, ‘He aha te wā?’ (What’s the time?).

Children will watch delightedly as one Māori word morphs into another – by rearranging the letters, for example, ‘ika’ and ‘kai’.

Transcript and Translation

Speaker Māori English
Rōpū tamariki (off-screen) Ngā ika e rua. Two fish.
  Ika nui. Ika iti. Big fish. Little fish.
  He aha te wā? Ko te wā kai. What’s the time? It’s time to eat.
  Ika. Kai. Fish. Food.


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