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Ngā tohu huarere mō āpōpō (Weather forecast for tomorrow)


Te Awarangi and Jenny are ‘performing’ their own weather forecast, using a cardboard box for the frame of the TV screen. Different props are introduced to make associations with different place names, for example, gumboot for Taihape, fish for Taupō. Te Awarangi takes on an interesting appearance when he reads the forecast about snow in Ōhakune.

Language Focus

You will learn an introductory sentence that’s useful for starting a weather forecast.

As well as verbal sentences to describe the weather, you will learn how to add a place name, for example, ‘Ki Ōhakune, ka pupuhi te hau’ (In Ōhakune, the wind will blow). Notice the verbal particle ‘ka’ – indicating future tense.


In line with the story about Māui fishing up his ‘fish’, the North Island, we hear Taupō being described as ‘te Puku o Te Ika a Māui’ (the belly of the fish of Māui).

Transcript and Translation

Speaker Māori English
Rōpū tamariki (off-screen) Ngā tohu huarere mō āpōpō Weather forecast for tomorrow
Te Awarangi Tēnā koutou katoa, anei ngā tohu huarere mō āpōpō. Ki Taihape, ka heke te ua. Greetings all, here’s the weather forecast for tomorrow. In Taihape, the rain will fall.
Jenny Ka heke te ua. The rain will fall.
Te Awarangi Ki Taupō, ki te Puku o Te Ika-a-Māui, ka whiti te rā. In Taupō, in the centre of the North Island, the sun will shine.
Jenny Ka whiti te rā. The sun will shine.
Te Awarangi Ki Ōhakune, ka pupuhi te hau. Ka tau te hukapapa. In Ōhakune, the wind will blow. The frost will settle.
Jenny Ka pupuhi te hau. The wind will blow.
Jenny Ka tau te hukapapa. The frost will settle.