Today I will look at pepeha.  Pepeha is how we introduce ourselves.




Ko …………………………………te waka


            Ko ……………………………….. te maunga

        Ko ……………………………………….te awa

  Ko …………………………………… te marae

       Ko …………………………..Ahau

This is a simple version.  You can add your iwi, hapu, grandparents, parents etc.  It is a usually within a mihi or speech that is said in more formal gatherings.  You can change the pictures or get children to draw their canoe, mountain,river. meeting house themselves.  If they are not Māori they can choose to say they came on a Plane to this country.  And maybe name the things in the area where they live now.

Any questions on pepeha you may like to ask your local Māori people too as some iwi have a different order in which they name things.

Have a lovely day.

Te Wiki o te reo Māori – Māori Language Week.


Tēnā koe. Pehea ana koe? Hello how are you?  Te wiki o te reo Māori starts on the 9th September to 15th September 2019.  This means that during this week the Māori language is concentrated on.  Celebrating the revitalization of te reo Māori.  The theme is Kia Kaha te reo Māori which means Make the Māori Language Strong!  So today’s blog I will give you some ideas to make your week tumeke-awesome.

  1.   Encourage friends and family to use te reo Māori
  2. Use te reo Māori throughout the day even if it is Kia Ora 10x
  3. Put up signs around the house so you can all learn the different words for things.
  4. Print out some posters here Kia-Kaha-Posters-2019-Colour-A4
  5. Learn your mihi and share with others.
  6. Make a cloak using Māori words on the paper feathers hang where all can read.
  7. Invite people over and talk in te reo Māori for the afternoon/evening.
  8. Join a group/wānanga to learn te reo Maōri with others.
  9. Decide to learn one sentence per day and use it, by the end of the week you will have 7 new te reo Māori sentences to use.
  10. Encourage the use of karakia before meal times
  11. Learn a waiata.
  12. To get some more ideas and downloads for the house or classroom visit the te wiki o te reo Māori website here. 

I hope that you have a fun week and maybe you could place a comment to tell me what you got up to.  Kia pai to ra.


How are you feeling today?

Through out the day you will constantly be supervising the children and monitoring how they are health wise. I often would find myself talking to children and asking them how are you feeling today?  Not always getting a reply but the older children would generally answer okay, good. I feel tired or I’m sad what ever it may be.  Today I am going to teach you a few simple sentences to ask someone how they are feeling and a few answers also.  I hope that this will help in your journey today.


E pēhea koe?  or Kei te pēhea koe? – How are you?

Question:  E pēhea koe?  to one person

Answer:  E …………………… ahau.

Or you can use this question with this answer.

Question:  Kei te pēhea koe?

Answer:  Kei te ……………………… ahau.

Here are some describing words to help you fill in the gaps.

E pēhea koe?         E pai ahau.  pai – good

E pēhea koe?         E makariri ahau.  makariri – cold

E pēhea Koe?         E ngenge ahau.  ngenge – tired

E pēhea koe?         E harikoa ahau.  harikoa – happy

E pēhea koe?         E hiakai ahau.  hiakai – hungry

This is a good book I found that you may be helpful for you and the children.

Kei Te Pehea Koe?

(Click on book to see where to buy)

Have a lovely day!


Teaching children how to speak te reo Māori.

keaToday I will be looking at teaching children how to speak Māori.    Pronouncing or saying the words correctly is the first step to speaking Māori.   Te reo Māori means the Māori language.


The Māori alphabet.

a    e    h    i    k    m    n    ng    o    p    r    t    u    w    wh    are the letters of the Māori alphabet.

The Māori vowels are said as below:

  • a as in baa
  • e as in pear
  • i as e in eagle
  • o as in oar
  • u as in you

There is a simple way to learn the Māori alphabet.  Teaching children to speak Māori is fun and you can sing the Māori alphabet.  You will find the tune to this song on YouTube.

A ha ka ma na pa ra ta wa nga wha

E he ke me ne pe re te we nge whe

I hi ki mi ni pi ri ti wi ngi whi

O ho ko mo no po ro to wo ngo who

a e i o u

U hu ku mu nu pu ru tu wu ngu whu

So try saying the Māori alphabet and repeat several times.  Get the children to say it several times and learn it off by heart.  If you can pronounce the sounds first then you are ready to learn words.

I hope that you will have fun learning the Māori alphabet.

Kia pai to ra