Haere Mai and Welcome to the Māori Blogger site for Marshland School. This site has been created to celebrate the teaching and learning of Māori at Marshland School. The Māori culture makes us unique and special as kiwis is our unique and beautiful indigenous culture. We can all connect with our ‘kiwiness’ through Te Reo me ōna Tikanga Māori, and showcase our unique gifts to the rest of the world! We welcome you as whānau, kaiako and ākonga to learn together and embrace the concept of AKO.
By Emma Jackson Kiwi Hub integrated Te Reo into our daily programme, by making it a natural part of the children's learning. We have been teaching our tamariki all the ways they can greet in Māori. We begin our day by greeting each other and singing our morning karakia. We then ask our tamariki "Ko te aha tēnei rā?" (What day is this?), to which they reply by telling us what day it is in Māori. During our morning Brain Break, the children count forwards and in Māori and then backwards as well, which is quite tricky - we are getting better at it. :)
Korero in Korimako This term the Korimako students have been learning basic conversational Te Reo Māori. They have learnt the different ways to say hello, how to ask what someones name is, to ask where someone is from and to ask how some is. They have also learnt responses to these questions. Here is a conversation two Korimako students had: Tamariki Tahi - "Kia Ora" (Hello) Tamariki Rua - "Tena Koe" (Hello to one person) Tamariki Tahi - "Ko wai tō ingoa?" (What is your name?) Tamariki Rua - "Ko Josh toku ingoa." (My name is Josh) Tamariki Tahi - "Nō hea koe?" (Where are you from?) Tamariki Rua - "Nō Ōtautahi ahau" (I am from Christchurch) Tamariki Tahi - "Kei te pēhea koe?" (How are you?) Tamariki Rua - :Kei te hiakai ahau." (I am hungry) To learn this, students firstly went on the Toku Reo website and took notes. Following this they spoke to other members of the hub.