Kia Ora


The boy in this story goes around asking his family members how they are, and gets a wide variety of responses. Of course, each person is wrapped up in their own activities, so the boy moves on to the next one.

At last, his friend scoots past and comes in to ask the boy how he is. At last, he can say he is “tino pai”!

This book helps teachers and children to ask and answer the simplest of greetings in a fun and natural way.

Written by Sharon Holt and illustrated by Deborah Hinde

$24.99 incl. GST

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Kia ora includes:

  • Repetitive sentence structure: “Kei te pēhea koe? Kei te ….. ahau” (How are you? I am …..)
  • Vocabulary for asking and answering about feelings
  • Singalong CD which turns the book into a catchy song
  • English translation
  • List of activity ideas to make this much more than a fun book to do on the mat!
  • Picture glossary
  • Guitar chords

Curriculum Links for Kia ora: 
Tikanga: There are some regional variations when asking the question “Kei te pēhea koe?”.
For example: “Kei te aha koe?” and “E pēhea ana koe?”.
Learning Intention: Greet one person and express a range of states of being.
Te Whāriki: Links to Strand 4, goal 2: develop language skills to express feelings and ask others about feelings.
Te Aho Arataki Marau: Links to 1.1: greet people and respond to greetings.

What others say about Kia ora:

“We love your new book Kia Ora. We are familiar with some of the words and the children have already begun to join in with the CD. They are responding by being totally focussed and interested. Thanks again Sharon, for your input into our te reo Māori programme.” ~ Sue McCandlish, Central Kids Kihikihi

Sharon Holt Kiwi author Sharon Holt

Find out more about Sharon and the Te Reo Singalong series on Sharon’s author page.


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