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Ka rawe! - Excellent!

Achievement objective

5.2 Communicate about present and past states, feelings, and opinions.

Learning intentions

Students can:

  • Use kīwaha as a form of praise
  • Experiment with new language and review writing for accuracy.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

TuhituhiTuhituhi - Writing: Use appropriate writing conventions and write information on familiar topics in a range of contexts, past and present.

WhakaatuWhakaatu - Presenting: Communicate information, ideas, or narrative, through texts in which visual and verbal features interact to produce particular meanings and effects.


Lesson sequence

In this activity students will hold an award ceremony for their class. Students will discuss and determine the award categories, nominate a partner, vote for the nominees, make certificates and present awards at the award ceremony.
Possible award categories are listed below and should be written on the board. Alternatively, students can suggest their own categories.

In pairs, students discuss the categories they might be nominated for, by discussing their strengths/interests:

He kaha koe ki te ______ nōtemea __________. You are good at ______ because ________.

Place names and nominated categories will be selected by a small group who manage the voting process. Students could complete a voting process using Resource sheet 5C: Te kōwhiringa. This resource sheet has spaces for as many as ten categories.

The ‘scrutineer’ group analyses the names and categories provided. When the results are tallied, students take turns announcing/presenting the winners of the categories in pairs:

Ko te toa o te tohu mō te __________, ko ___________ . The winner of the __________ award is __________ .

As each award is announced/presented, presenters must use one of the kīwaha (idioms) listed below by way of praise. Each kīwaha can be used only once. To support students, the teacher could write the kīwaha on the board and mark them off as they are used.

Language to use

Possible award categories

te tohu mō te kōrerorero communication award
te tohu mō te whakapiki reo improved Modes in te reo Māori
te tohu mō te reka o te tangi a te waea phone ring tones
te tohu mō te rangatiratanga leadership
te tohu mō te whiwhi mātauranga academic achievement
te tohu mō te waruwaru rīwai peeling potatoes
te tohu mō te kōwhā kūtai shelling mussels
te tohu mō te mahi toi art
te tohu mō te hākinakina sports
te tohu mō te waiata singing
te tohu mō te mihimihi formal greetings
te tohu mō te whakakata tangata humour
te tohu mō te whiwhi waiata pai having the best songs
Ngā kīwaha Idioms
Ka rawe! Excellent!
He toki koe ki te waiata! You’re too much at singing!
Koia kei a koe ki te kōrero Māori! You’re neat at speaking Māori.
Kei runga noa atu koe! Good on you!
Tau kē koe! You look the part!
Kino kē koe! You’re too much!
Ka pai hoki koe! Good on you!


Class competitions could be held to determine winners of categories, such as creating songs or impromptu speeches.

Further learning

Students write a short paragraph about one of the people whose nomination they supported, using kīwaha to illustrate their thoughts. Such kōrero could be placed anonymously on the board next to photos of all students in the class:

He tangata autaia taku hoa nōtemea he toki ia ki tana mahi. My friend is extraordinary because she’s a gun at her work.

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