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He Reo Kōmanawa: images to inspire teaching and learning te reo Māori

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He kupu tawhito te kōmanawa. “Kōmanawa” is an ancient metaphor.
Ko te kō, te tangi a te manu, The sounds of birds,
Ko te kō, te tangi a te ngākau. The song of the heart.
Ko te kō, te whakaihiihi i te manawa. It is the very essence of the message.
Te whakaauaha i te ngākau ki te whakaaro. It energises the soul and inspires the mind.
Te whakaangi i te wairua kia rere. It releases the spirit to soar.
“He Reo Kōmanawa” tenei. This is “He Reo Kōmanawa”.


He Reo Kōmanawa: Images to Inspire Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori is one of a group of resources for teachers of te reo Māori. These resources are intended to support and inspire teachers as they use Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki/Curriculum Guidelines for Teaching and Learning Te Reo Māori in English-medium Schools: Years 1-13 to design school and classroom curriculums that will meet the particular needs, interests, and talents of their students.

He Reo Kōmanawa presents a group of digital images from the collection at Te Pātaka Matihiko, Our Digital Storehouse (Digistore). It also presents one possible framework for designing sequences of teaching and learning tasks that are linked to the images and that enable students to work towards some of the achievement objectives for te reo Māori. It then presents ten examples of teaching and learning sequences that are based on this framework. The purpose is to familiarise teachers with the levels of the te reo Māori curriculum and to model the suggested framework and some possible language learning tasks. The framework and the tasks are consistent with the principles and understandings about effective language teaching and learning that are described in the curriculum guidelines.