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He kupu whakamahuki - An explanation

Achievement objective

8.4 Communicate the same information in different ways for different contexts.

Learning intention

Students can ask and answer job-related questions.


At the end of this lesson, students can:

PānuiPānui - Reading: 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 to inform.


Lesson sequence

Tell the students they are going to role play a staff recruitment scenario at Māori Television. A student is applying for a position as presenter and has been sent Resource sheet 8D: He reta, requesting further information.

  • Hand out copies of Resource sheet 8E: Āku pātai to half of the students.
  • Hand out copies of Resource sheet 8F: He kupu whakamahuki to the other students.

Ask the students to pair up, one from each group. Get the students with Resource sheet 8E: Āku pātai to ask questions of their partner who is in the role of Māori Television staff.

When the dialogue is complete, ask the students to compose an email informing potential applicants of the recruitment process.

Suggested language focus Suggested vocabulary
Future tense
kei te kei te haere kōrua?
ka Ka mutu te mahi ka …
Giving opinions
ki ki ahau nei …
mōku mōku tonu nei …
hei hei tā ētahi …
e ai ki e ai ki te kōrero
Giving reasons  
he pai he pai atu pea kia haere ki Ngāmotu …
kāre pea e pai kia he ____ nō ____ kāre pea e pai kia roa tō kōrua noho ki reira …
  he nui nō te utu …
i te mea tā te mea he uaua mōku te piki maunga …
nō te mea  
tā te mea  
otirā otirā, he pai tonu ina tokoiti ngā tāngata …
heoi anō  
tēnā pea tēnā pea ka noho kē ahau ki Rotorua …
Time statements
ā te … ā te ahiahipō …
hei te … hei te ata o te 16 …
pō rua atu pō rua atu ka noho kōrua ki …
When ā te taenga atu …
  tae atu ana …
ka haere mā Taupō …
haere mā runga wakatopa …


Teachers could gather material from the Situations Vacant section of the newspaper or from online recruitment services.

Access bilingual information packages for advertised positions, likely to be available from tertiary institutions, some government agencies and from Māori organisations.

Other resources

Māori Television website

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