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.

Written by Sharon Holt and illustrated by Deborah Hinde

Description

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:
Tikanga:
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.

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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