Karakia for children to learn

The most basic meaning of Karakia is a prayer. Karakia are said at the beginning of a gathering to ensure that the Hui goes well. Karakia are also an acknowledgment of a spiritual presence.  Karakia is also explained as chants to the different Māori Gods.  When to use Karakia? You can use karakia at the beginning of the day, before meal times, at the end of the day, at times when you would use normal prayers. Karakia can be used in many other circumstances as well.

Start of the day Karakia.

E te Atau

Homai kia matou

Tou maramatanga

Tou rangimarie

Tou kaha me tou aroha

Mo tenei ra


O Lord

Give to us

Your knowledge

Your calmness

Your strength and love

On this day


Karakia Before meals

E te Ariki

Whakapainga ēnei kai

hei oranga mō ō mātou tinana

Whāngaia hoki ō mātou Wairua

Ki te taro o te ora

Mā Īhu karaiti hoki

tō mātou Ariki


You can get posters for this karakia and others from here.

Karakia for children to stop the rain.

‘E rere te kotare
Ki runga i te puwharawhara
Ruru ai ia o parirau
Kei maku o kuao i te ua
Mao, mao te ua

Fly o kingfisher
On to the bunch of astelia
And there shake your wings
Lest your young become wet by the rain
Cease, cease the rain.’

Other types of karakia include:

  • whai……to cure injuries, burns
  • tohi…….to instill tapu and mana into a baby
  • pou……to fix memory during instruction
  • kawa……… to remove tapu from new houses

There are many others too.

If you have a simple karakia to share please share below in the comments.

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!


Learn the colour song.

Let’s learn the colour song today.  Children love colours and you can sing this song throughout the day with them.  I have often heard children talk about a colour then I will sing that colour and the rest of the colour song which they will then join in.  It is a great little song and fun to sing at art times when using a lot of different colours and mixing colours to make new ones.  The Māori word for the colour is said first followed by the English word.


Learn the colour song – Mā is white.

Mā is white.

Whero is red

Kākāriki is green

Mangu is black and Pango is too


Kōwhai yellow

Parauri brown

Kikorangi is blue

Karaka is our orange



Additional colours are kiwikiwi is grey and māwhero is pink pāpura is purple.

I hope that you will enjoy singing this song.

Kia pai to ra









Professional Development in the Far North.

Today I would like to discuss the work of REAP the Rural Education Activities Programme.   REAP provide various educational support to the communities in and around the Far North area.  They offer support to schools, Adult community education, early childhood and Te Kōhanga Reo centres. road safety, parenting. AA vehicle and driver licensing as well as youth development.  AS well they also support te reo Māori for children, families and teachers.  There is a lot of te reo Māori workshops/courses to go to.

Peter Visser is one of the Kaitautoko Mātauranga here.  I have had the privilege to go to some of Peter’s workshops and workshops organised by him they have been great.   He does a great ukelele workshop and the children just love his music workshops with them too.  Peter and his team provide Professional Development for ECE teachers. Te Kōhanga Reo kaiako and families within the Far North areas.  Workshops are sometimes held in Kaitaia, Kerikeri and Kaikohe.    I would recommend talking to Peter and his team at REAP to see what there is to support you or your team.  Peter does send out regular emails with upcoming professional development to those on his email list.  Check out the REAP website.  I hope this information is useful to you.

Have a good day.



Maui and other Legends.

Māori have retold stories from their ancestors throughout time.  Children enjoy listening to these stories.  I would like to look at Maui and other Legends written by Peter Gossage.  His books are well loved by children and teachers alike and are some of my favourite books.

Today’s review is on Maui and other Maori Legends.  This is a mixture of all the  stories we love.  These stories are:

  • How Maui found his mother
  • The fish of Maui
  • How Maui slowed the sun
  • Pania of the reef
  • How Maui found his Father and the Magic Jawbone
  • How Maui defied the Goddess of Death
  • How Maui found the secret of fire.
  • Battle of the Mountains

This is an awesome book If you want to read about Māori legends from long ago.  They tell of many adventures that Māui endured,  I love the story of Maui and the fish its about how he and his brothers fished up Aotearoa New Zealand on their waka – canoe.  And how they formed the mountains and valleys.

Māori also have their own local stories.  Maybe if you are a teacher you could ask a person from your local community maybe someone from the local Marae could come in and retell stories about the area you live in.  Or maybe even you know a story you can tell the children. 

There are many learning outcomes for children with this valuable resource.  these include:

  • developing listening skills
  • developing reading skills
  • developing art skills art can be included in a lesson plan after the legend has being told
  • developing language skills
  • developing knowledge of Māori legends. te reo Māori
  • developing imagination

Peter Gossage is an excellent writer and children and adults alike will enjoy his books. This book is excellent because it has eight stories in one book. But if you like you can buy the books separately.  I hope that this book will have some interesting stories for you to share with your children and they will learn about the Legends of Maui and other interesting Legends.

Kia pai to ra