Te Wairua o Waitangi

The Spirit of Waitangi

We created this book because so many teachers wanted an easy and inspirational book to use with children during their annual Waitangi focus.

This book does that and more! Many teachers have been amazed at how children have easily grasped the concept of honouring the treaty by respecting the Māori culture and protecting our unique natural environment.

This was the first book in our series to use photographs, and we had excellent feedback about using more photography in the future.

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Te Wairua o Waitangi includes:

  • Repetitive sentence structure: “Mā wai te …. “(Who will….)
  • Vocabulary for aspects of Māori culture and the natural environment
  • 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 Te Wairua o Waitangi: 
Tikanga: We can help to honour the Treaty of Waitangi by learning Māori language, which is a taonga.
Learning Intention: Differentiate between the pronouns ‘rātou’ and ‘tātou’.
Te Whāriki: Links to Strand 4, goal 2: develop an appreciation of Māori language.
Te Aho Arataki Marau: Links to 4.3: communicate about responsibilities.

Author – Sharon Holt

Photographer – Sophie Astoria Holt (and some stock photos)

What others say about Te Wairua o Waitangi:

“Jonas and I really connected with this resource and I found it strongly supported the way I describe and explain how we can honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi to our preschool age group. Wetiweti ana!” Jessica Cooper, Tuatara Kids

“The book really ’spoke’ to me. It is so meaningful for all New Zealanders and aimed so well at the level of our littlies.” Cindy Hawkins, early childhood educator

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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