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.


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.

Author – Sharon Holt

Illustrator – Deborah Hinde

Waikato based illustrator and author Deborah Hinde produces illustrations for a variety of clients and specialises in children’s picture books. She illustrated 11 of the books in the Te Reo Singalong series.

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 Meet Kiwi author Sharon Holt

Sharon Holt is a children’s author and creator of books and resources in te reo Māori.

Several of her books have won or been shortlisted for awards, and her Te Reo Singalong series won its category in both Ngā Tohu Reo Māori / Māori Language Awards in 2013 and the CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards in 2015.

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


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