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Unit 15: Te tākaro pā whutupōro – Playing touch rugby

Learning intentions

In this unit students will:

  • revise and extend sporting vocabulary
  • learn to talk about the weather
  • hear and retell the story of Rangi and Papa
  • research, learn and retell another Māori legend
  • learn more kīwaha – idioms.

Success criteria

Before commencing the unit the teacher will discuss the learning intentions with the students and together agree on appropriate success criteria.



Unit 15 transcripts (PDF, 284 kB)

Unit 15 Worksheet A (PDF, 399 kB)

Unit 15 Teacher Sheet A (PDF, 283 kB)


Activity 1

The students will learn key vocabulary associated with playing sport.

Watch Unit 15 Scene 1 where the family plays touch rugby together. Replay the DVD, stop it at the end of each sentence, and have the students work out what was said. Use the transcripts of the script if necessary. Focus on words and phrases used to organise the team, give direction, to praise and offer encouragement.

Explain to the students that they are going to play a team game where they can score a point each time they use one of the commands below (or another one in Māori) at the right time, as well as when they score a goal. The game could be netball, touch rugby, soccer, hockey, rugby or basketball. Ask the students to brainstorm all the words and phrases they might need and write these on the whiteboard. Ask the students to add any other words in English and look up the translations in a Māori dictionary.

Some commands that might help:

Paohia! Hit it!
Tukuna! Serve it! (volleyball) Pass it! (hockey)
Whanaia! Kick it!
Hopukina! Catch it! (all ball games)
Makaia! Pass it! (all hand ball games)
Whiua! Throw it!
Kōkiritia! Charge! Drive forward! (cycling/rugby)
Kurua! Shoot it! Dunk it! (basketball)

Ask the students to organise themselves and play the game.

Activity 2

The students will talk about the weather.

Watch Unit 15 Scene 2 where Koro and Māriu are talking about the weather. Listen to the different types of sentences they use.

Show Teacher Sheet A. Ask the students if they know what the following sentences might mean in relation to the weather. See below for English translations.

He rangi ātaahua tēnei. This is a beautiful day.
He tino makariri i te Wenerei. It was very cold on Wednesday.
He makariri i Papaioea. It was cold in Palmerston North.
Kei te heke te ua. It is raining.

Give the students an opportunity to work out what each sentence might say. Ask students to make up other sentences by substituting words for makariri – cold, such as:

wera hot
mākū wet
mahana warm
paki fine

Give out Worksheet A to the students. Ask them to complete the sheet. When they have finished the sheet, ask the students for their answers. Encourage students to read out each weather description.

ANSWERS (Worksheet A)

9 6 5
4 3 2
1 8 7

Ask the students to cut the pictures out and stick them in their Wehi books. Write the correct descriptions under each picture.

Activity 3

The students will hear, learn and retell the story of Ranginui and Papatūānuku.

Replay Unit 15 Scene 2 where Koro says that Ranginui is crying when it starts to rain.

Ask the students if they know the Māori story of Rangi and Papa. If someone does, ask one student to tell the story to the class.

Show the students He kōrero whakamārama - Use of 'E tangi ana a Ranginui' which explains the phrase E tangi ana a Ranginui – Ranginui is crying, and tells the story of Ranginui and Papatūānuku.

Read the creation story of Rangi and Papa to the students. Organise the students to practise telling this story and then retell it to students in the junior classes at your school.

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Activity 4

The students will learn another Māori legend and retell it to others.

Provide lots of resources on Māori myths and legends, including picture books, as well as website URLs, for the students to choose a legend, learn it and then retell it to the class or another class.

The students could choose a scene from the story on which to base their artwork.

Activity 5

The students will learn two kīwaha – idioms.

Show the students He kōrero whakamārama - Kīwaha: tē tere hoki! and He kōrero whakamārama - Kīwaha: hoki atu, hoki atu! where these kīwaha – idioms, are explained:

Tē tere hoki! Not fast at all!
Hoki atu, hoki atu! Whatever! (You’re repeating yourself, and I don’t want to listen).

Before you show the students Unit 15 Scene 3, where the cousins are talking over lunch, tell them that they need to listen out for the kīwaha.

Have the students add these kīwaha to their list in their Wehi books.

Encourage the students to watch how the weather is broadcast on Māori television. Alternatively, you could record the weather over a number of days from the Māori television channel. Students could watch it in class to help extend their knowledge and vocabulary. Encourage them to look up any new or unfamiliar words.

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