#25 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 10 o Mahuru 2021

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori  

Next week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and as challenging as it may seem in lockdown, it’s also a great opportunity make things a little different this year.

Many kura have some fabulous activities planned already. One idea we would like to share is a Activity Choice Board. The idea is that students get to choose from several practical and engaging activities that allow them to participate with choice from home.

Link to Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori Choice Board

The Māori Language Moment

As part of Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2021, one way you can participate in your classroom, kura or bubble is through an initiative called the Māori Language Moment. The idea is that we try to get 1 million people from all of Aotearoa to stop at Midday on Tuesday/Rātū 14 September/Mahuru and do something that involves te reo Māori. It can be as simple as listening to a song/waiata on Youtube or doing something active like a haka or a game. It would be great to see people from our Kāhui taking part.

You can sign yourself up at https://www.reomaori.co.nz/#take-part. Participants are able to upload messages, photos and videos to showcase how they take part. There are plenty of ideas of ways you can take part.

Note: Scroll down until you see the sign-up box as in the image below. Your posts won’t appear immediately as they have to be vetted by the site admin.

It’s also possible to sign up your kura/school and have a school page where members can link their moments too.

Kia kaha te reo Māori!

Hauora/Learner Support

Hauora/well-being is a massive priority in these times.  Our Kāhui Ako ki Orewa Hauora team have been recording their hauora activities as photos to share and inspire.  Whānau/family time is so special, baking, sewing, cooking, gardening, beach walks, creative activities, online chats with whānau and friends, cuddles and laughter, pets, puzzles and positive affirmations are all examples of ways to boost your hauora.  A good dose of Vitamin D is super healthy too.  Stay well, stay safe and be nice to your Hauora!

Future Ready/Digital Curriculum/Anga Whakamua

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Gamefroot Hour of Code tutorials use a visual programming language where students simply drag and drop visual blocks to write code.

Mihi Maker is a fun easy to use activity that combines coding, social studies and indigenous culture.

In this activity you will code your own mini-game and learn how to introduce yourself in Te Reo Māori – the indigenous language of New Zealand.

You will learn how game designers program basic collision detection algorithms. Collision detection is a program used by a computer to help it understand when two objects will hit into each other.


New Zealand game designer and founder of Piki Studios, Whetu Paitai, created a special Minecraft world called Ngā Motu to immerse young people in Māori culture. The project shows how the immersive and interdisciplinary world of Minecraft can bring to life indigenous culture and build social-emotional skills, as students work together to explore their country’s national language and history.

Click here to find out more and download the Ngā Motu World

21st Century Learning/Ako Ināianei Tonu

In past newsletters we have looked at Inquiry as one of the founding principles for delivering a 21st Century Curriculum. Below are some resources that you might like to explore. Sometimes you don’t need to recreate the wheel…just adapt someone else’s.

Below are links to Inquiries from Te Papa, Pūtātara, DOC and 6 research themes from Auckland Museum.

Kāhui Ako Calendar/Maramataka 

Te Wiki o te reo Māori

Rāhina, te 13 ki Rātapu te 19 o Mahuru / Monday 13 to Sunday 19 September 

The Māori Language Moment

Rātū, te 14 o Mahuru / Tuesday 14 September 

Tū Māia Kapa Haka Festival Cancelled for 2021

Rāmere, te 17 o Mahuru / Friday 17 September

Principal’s Meeting @ Dairy Flat 

Rāpare, te 23 o Mahuru / Thursday 23 September

Fortnightly Hui @ Wainui School – 3.45pm

Rāpare, te 30 o Mahuru / Thursday 30 September

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