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Unit 4: Waea mai – Ring me

Learning intentions

In this unit students will:

  • count from 1 to 10
  • learn the numbers from 11 to 100
  • learn how to count beyond 100
  • learn how to ask who and where someone is.

Success criteria

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



Transcripts for Unit 4 (PDF, 283 kB)

Unit 4 Worksheet A (PDF, 285 kB)

Unit 4 Worksheet B (PDF, 287 kB)

Unit 4 Worksheet C (PDF, 283 kB)


Activity 1

Students will learn how to say the numbers one to ten in Māori.

Watch Unit 4 Scene 1 where Hana asks for Haami’s phone number. Ask the students if they already know some Māori numbers. Give them a chance to say them if they do. If there are students who do not know any numbers, write the Māori words for the numbers from one to ten on the whiteboard. Ask the students to recite these in order and backwards until they are confident.

Play the counting circle game. Ask the students to stand in a circle. One person starts the game by saying tahi – one. The person to his or her right says rua – two, and the next person says toru – three, and so on around the circle until tekau – ten, is reached. The person who is the tenth must sit down, and the game continues with the next person saying tahi etc. The counting continues around the circle, with every tenth person sitting down. The winner is the last person standing.

Have the students complete Worksheet A.

Ask the students to write the Māori words for the numbers from one to ten in their Wehi books.

Watch He kōrero whakamārama clip 4 where the Māori word for cellphone is explained. You may want to share this with your students.

Activity 2

Students will learn the numbers beyond ten.

Explain to the students how numbers greater than ten are made up.

11 = 10 – tekau, plus – mā, 1 – tahi = tekau mā tahi
12 = 10 – tekau, plus – mā, 2 – rua = tekau mā rua
20 = two – rua tens – tekau = rua tekau
30 = toru tekau
57 = 50 plus 7 – rima tekau mā whitu
100 = kotahi rau – one hundred

Give the students opportunities to practise hearing these numbers by playing bingo. Provide each student with a copy of Worksheet B. The students place an X over the number as it is called out. The winner calls “wharewhare” (house), when he or she has marked off all the numbers.

Play the counting circle game but vary it by choosing a number: e.g. three. Every person who is a multiple of three has to sit down: e.g. tahi, rua, toru (toru sits down), whā, rima, ono (ono sits down) etc. To make this game even more challenging, choose multiples of two numbers.

Activity 3

Students will learn to use Māori numbers in everyday contexts.

Watch Unit 4 Scene 2 where Hana texts Haami. Ask the students to complete Worksheet C, writing the numbers in Māori. Tell the students to adapt the worksheet to suit or add more lines with additional information.

Activity 4

Students will learn how to ask who someone is and where someone is.

Before watching the video clip, ask the students to see if they can identify the words that Haami says to ask “Is that Hana?”, and the words Hana uses to answer. Watch Unit 4 Scene 3.

Discuss the following sentences used in the DVD scene:

Ko Hana tēnā? Is that Hana?
Ko Hana tēnei. This is Hana.
Ko wai tēnā? Who’s that?
Kei whea/hea koe? Where are you?

Explain that whether hea or whea is used depends on where someone comes from – their tribal dialect.

Tell the students to make up a telephone conversation with a partner. Remind them to start with a greeting, and perhaps their telephone number, and to ask Ko wai tēnā? – Who is that? and Kei whea/hea koe? – Where are you? Take turns at asking and answering the questions.

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