Kōrero Mai

Speak to me

Children all through English medium schools in New Zealand are encouraged to learn their own mihi and pepeha – a way of introducing themselves in a traditional Māori way.

This book helps to give one example of a template for how that can be done. Three children demonstrate their names, their mountains, their rivers, their parents’ names and where they are from.

There is also a second sound track so children can learn to fill in the gaps with their own replies.

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Kōrero Mai includes:

  • Repetitive sentence structure: “Ko wai tō …..?” (What is your….?)
  • Vocabulary for mihi and pepeha greetings
  • 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 Kōrero Mai:
The land is very important to Māori – hence the proverb Toitū te whenua, whatungarongaro te tangata.
Learning Intention: Respond appropriately, in the form of a pepeha, when asked to introduce oneself.
Te Whāriki: Links to Strand 5, goal 4: develop a knowledge of land features of local significance.
Te Aho Arataki Marau: Links to 1.2: introduce oneself.

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.

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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