This is a free teaching website.

hookThere is no cost to belong to this website as it is a free teaching website. It is designed to help people that want to teach and learn and access Māori resources for teaching or for their own self.  It is open for all ages and stages of life. You are never too old to learn so they say and it is true.  You can read all my articles and reviews and come onto to this site 24/7.  I want this site to be user friendly and easy to move around in.  An easy to use website.  I hope that this clarifies more about what this website is about and who it is for.  What do you think about this?  Please leave a comment below.

Have a good day.

Kia pai to ra.



Using a hīnaki – eel trap.

What are the learning outcomes of using  a hinaki?

Today I will look at a hīnaki or eel trap as a Māori resource for teaching.  We can ask the children and ourselves these questions?


  1. What is the purpose of a hīnaki?  To catch eels for our whanau to eat.
  2. Who can use this? Anybody who wants to catch an eel and has the knowledge of how to use the hīnaki.  You must be strong enough to lift an eel.  And as it is by water I would recommend an adult.
  3. What would be the learning outcomes of taking the children down to the creek to use the hīnaki and go eeling?  
  • fun
  • exercise
  • social skills
  • mathematics
  • developing memory
  • engaging in real life activity
  • learning about sustainability
  • engaging with others-social skills
  • sharing -manaakitanga
  • listening skills developing
  • learning a new life skill


So there is a never ending list of learning outcomes for the children and adults by using this one resource of the hīnaki – eel trap.  Then you can go back into the classroom and retell the story of what you did, draw pictures of the eeling adventure, talk about what the children learnt etc. You could spend a whole week of learning on this one resource.  Maybe get someone in that knows how to make a hīnaki in to help the children make one for your centre.

Here is a pdf link to some interesting facts about long fin eels.

I hope that you find this useful.  Any photos or stories you may like to share with others share below in comments.

Kia pai to ra

Enjoy your day.


My moko’s korowai.

Kia Ora

korowai-1-mokoToday I want to talk about my moko’s korowai that I made. My cousin Pat makes korowai and I asked her to make me one for my daughter to wear at graduation.  So I went to Auckland to pick up the korowai and I was privileged enough to help finish the korowai with Pat.  She had left putting on the band at the top for me to do.  It was not easy but we soon sorted out her sewing machine and finished the korowai.

She told me we would make one for my moko next.  So she showed me what to do.  I was very happy that my cousin Pat was there to guide me through this journey.  By midnight that night moko’s korowai was completed.  It was the best learning experience and we had fun,  I am really happy with the final products.korowai-zara-

Do you have korowai at your centre?  I know that at my last centre they had a korowai that the children wore for their last day before moving on to big school.

Where did you get your korowai from?  I will try and find some stockists of korowai to put on my site so you can access these if you need to.  Try your local marae they may know who makes them in your area.

Kia pai to ra





Te reo Māori for your learning stories.

Incorporating te reo Māori into your learning stories.  

Have you any te reo Māori in your learning stories?  Well from today on you will have a few different sentences you can use.

When I did learning stories I would almost always have kapai to mahi (child.s name) sentence written within them.  It is teaching not only the children some te reo when they read it but also the reader gains a small bit of te reo Māori.  Yes that’s great isn’t it.

Today I will begin my list of te reo Māori sentences.  You can incorporate the te reo Māori  in your learning stories.   They can be used in the beginning, middle or end of stories or all these places.

Whakamihi -to praise,congratulate.

  • He tino pai – very good.
  • He tino pai tō mahi – your work is very good.
  • He tino pai tō tuhituhi- your writing is very good.
  • He pai a Elliott ki te oma -Elliott is good at running.
  • He pai a Elliott ki te tuhituhi – Elliott is good at writing.
  • Ka rawe – Awesome!

What te reo Māori sentences do you use in your mahi?

Kia pai to ra!

Have an awesome day.


This website is for you.

poiWhy have this website?

Honestly who has done this. Sat down at the computer to write a learning story and your half way through then BAM you want to write in a sentence in Māori but are not sure on the words, You may be lucky and have a fluent teacher there to help you or you have to look for something and BAM you go onto google and tap in Māori  resources but sadly there is not much to find. So you spend time scrolling through different websites looking for te reo Māori  sentences that you need. Then you look at the clock and BAM you have only ten minutes of non contact left.  Sound familiar?

I am sure a lot of us have been here and that is why I have specifically created this site for you to come to find the Maori resources you need. Today New Zealand teachers have to include Māori resources and te reo Māori in our teaching with tamariki so we need to be able to access these resources

 “Te Whāriki is a bicultural curriculum.

In practice this means that as part of a

commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi,

all tamariki experience, learn about,

and connect with Te Ao Maori (the Māori world)”

(Ministry of Education,p.6, 20)

It’s a website for you!

Sit back and relax my friends. I am going to have Māori resources right here. And if I don’t have what your looking for you just need to ask. I will find it for you. With the spare time you have from not looking for Māori resources you can sharpen up on other skills or maybe go have that deserved cupa.

Stop wasting valuable time and click onto this website Māori resources for teaching. If there is anything else you would like to see on this site let me know and I will try put it on the Maori resources page. Just drop a line in the comments box and I will see it.

Kia pai to ra