Te Reo Māori Learning at Home and School – Series 1

Welcome to Te Reo Māori Learning at Home and School – Series 1, a resource designed to help make te reo Māori a natural part of everyday communication. The activities in this series cater for both kaiako in kura auraki (mainstream schools) to support their te reo Māori learning in the classroom and whānau who want engaging, easy-to-follow resources for their tamariki to increase their use of te reo at home. It gets tamariki working with both mathematics and poetry, and introduces some English-language poetry terms; while the related activities do not cover traditional mōteatea Māori, they include a bilingual focus.

Ages: 8-11 years

About the Authors

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Jenny Pyatt

Jenny Pyatt has taught at all levels in primary schools in a variety of classroom and management positions.Now semi-retired, Jenny is teaching part-time in a rural school in Hawkes Bay and writes poetry for pleasure.
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Vaughan Rapatahana

Vaughan Rapatahana (Te Ätiawa) commutes between homes in Hong Kong, Philippines, and Aotearoa New Zealand. He is widely published across several genre in both his main languages, te reo Mäori and English and his work has been translated into Bahasa Malaysia, Italian, French, Mandarin, Romanian, Spanish.

He earned a Ph. D from the University of Auckland with a thesis about Colin Wilson and writes extensively about Wilson. Rapatahana is a critic of the agencies of English language proliferation and the consequent decimation of indigenous tongues, inaugurating and co-editing English language as Hydra and Why English? Confronting the Hydra (Multilingual Matters, Bristol, UK, 2012 and 2016).

He is also a poet, with eight collections published in Hong Kong SAR; Macau; Philippines; USA; England; France, India, and Aotearoa New Zealand. Atonement (UST Press, Manila) was nominated for a National Book Award in Philippines (2016); he won the inaugural Proverse Poetry Prize the same year; and was included in Best New Zealand Poems (2017).

In July 2018, he participated in the Hauterives Literary Festival in France. In September 2019, he participated in the World Poetry Recital Night, in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia. In October 2019, he participated in the Poetry International Festival at The Southbank Centre, London. He also appeared at the Medellin Poetry Festival in Colombia during August 2021,

Rapatahana is one of the few World authors who consistently writes in and is published in te reo Mäori (the Mäori language). It is his mission to continue to do so and to push for a far wider recognition of the need to write and to be published in this tongue.

New Zealand Book Council Writers File is https://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writer/rapatahana-vaugh