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Te Reo Māori

Te reo Māori, the indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand, is a taonga and is guaranteed protection under the Treaty of Waitangi. It was declared an official language of New Zealand in 1987. As a consequence, te reo Māori has a special place in the New Zealand Curriculum.

The curriculum acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bicultural foundations of Aotearoa New Zealand. All students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga.

The New Zealand Curriculum, p.9

The resources you will find on this page examine best teaching practice for te reo Māori in English-medium schools and provide examples of this in the classroom and beyond.

  1. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Effective teachers

    On this site you can access an e-copy of Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki, the Māori language curriculum guidelines or years 1 - 13. There are also many resources to support these curriculum guidelines – including lesson plans, school stories, second language tasks, high-frequency vocabulary, a grammar progression, and teacher/student assessment examples.

  2. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Te Reo Maori

    This framework identifies government's investment priorities for Māori language (in both Māori medium and English medium education) over a 10 year period, in order to provide a coherent approach.

  3. Filed under: Ako | Research & evaluation

    This is an evaluation report of a pilot PD programme to upskill English medium teachers of Māori language in secondary schools, specifically around second language teaching methods, the Māori language curriculum guidelines, planning, assessment, teaching/learning strategies, and the use of resources.

  4. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Te Reo Maori | Effective leaders

    This story relays how Chisnallwood staff and students worked together, as part of their school review, to implement the New Zealand Curriculum, so that it would make a difference for Māori students and help them to succeed.

  5. Filed under: Productive partnerships | Te Reo Maori | Effective leaders

    In Ilam's school story, you'll hear how they made changes to bring about more effective teaching and learning.

  6. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Effective leaders | Effective teachers

    At St Joseph’s School there has been a big focus on te reo Māori in the classroom. This was precipitated by the language progressions set out in the draft Māori language curriculum guidelines (now in final form:Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori - Kura Auraki).

  7. Filed under: Identity Language and Culture | Te Reo Maori

    Te Reo Matatini is a planning document which seeks to expand the concept of Māori language literacy beyond words, reading and writing.

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