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He takahi huanui - A journey

He takahi huanui - A journey

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

Achievement objective

8.2 Develop an argument or point of view, with reasons.

Learning intentions

Students can:

  • research events concerning the history of the Māori language
  • successfully sequence these events.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

PanuiPānui - Reading: 

  • Distinguish between facts, opinions, and hypotheses and recognise intentions to persuade and influence in different contexts.
  • Understand much of what is written by other users of te reo Māori about a range of topics.

TuhituhiTuhituhi - Writing: Use te reo Māori to entertain and persuade as well as inform.

KoreroKōrero - Speaking: Use te reo Māori to entertain and persuade as well as inform.


Resource sheet 8L He takahi huanui

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • Resource-sheet-8L-He-takahi-huanui.doc
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Teacher's notes Answer sheet

Te Reo Māori in English-medium schools

  • teachers-notes-Answer-sheet.doc
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Lesson sequence

Make copies of Resource sheet 8L: He takahi huanui for each student, and cut them along the lines. Hand out the pieces of paper to the students and ask them to match the events and dates concerning the history of te reo Māori.
To assist them in this task, students could research the history of te reo Māori, using library and Internet resources. 
When the students have finished, read out the answers from Teachers’ notes: Answer sheet. 
Have the students create a poster celebrating the history of te reo Māori.

Suggested language focus Suggested vocabulary
Kīwaha to express admiration  
  kei te mihi
  autaia ana!
  e te reo
  kei whea mai!
  te waka kawe whakaaro
Kupu whakarite  
  ko te reo te taikura o te whakaao mārama
  ko te reo te mauri o te Māoritanga
  ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori
  he reo whai mana te reo Māori
  ko te reo te hā o te Māoritanga


The class could undertake further research on policies and events that led to the near demise of te reo Māori.

Further learning

The students could compare the health of te reo Māori with that of indigenous languages in other countries, for example: Pacific, Australia, North America, South America.

Other resources

Moorefield, John C. (1992). Te Whanake 3: Te Māhuri (pp. 166-171). Tāmakimakaurau: Longman Paul.

The Māori Language Commission website 
The report on the te reo Māori claim to the Waitangi Tribunal. 
Timeline activity in the National Reo Māori workshop Ngā Awheawhe Reo Māori-a-Motu.

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