Year 10 Te Reo Māori

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms D. Wainohu

In Year 10, the focus continues on listening & speaking te reo Māori, with increased exposure to reading, writing & presenting. At the end of the course, ākonga should be able to talk about routines, habits, travel, feelings, past events, and express opinions. The Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) aspect of Te Reo Māori, as it relates to kaupapa Māori, continues as practicable.

The course is based on the Whāinga Paetae (achievement objectives) at Levels 3 - 5 of the NZ Curriculum. If you'd like to know more about these, go to 'Useful Links' at the bottom of this page.

Subject Overview

Term 1
Kaupapa 1: Nau Mai e ngā Hua
- learn about vocabulary & sentence structures that relate to food
- learn about food traditions, including the importance of food in expressing manaakitanga
- learn about Atua Māori & how they relate to food & food types
- participate in the International Food Fair, including creating invitations & posters
- prepare to go food shopping at the local New World, including preparing a shopping list
- prepare a class hākari

Term 2
Kaupapa 2: Kia Whakanuia a Matariki - Wāhanga II
- learn more language & sentence structures that relate to Matariki & Puanga
- learn about the waka stories that brought Eastern Polynesians to Aotearoa
- create invitations, posters & decorations that relate to our Matariki Festival

Kaupapa 3: Waihanga Tuhinga
- using 'Te Anuhe Tino Matekai', learn about the conventions of creative writing
- write your own story in te reo Māori
- present your story to the tamariki of Sacred Heart Cathedral School

Term 3
Kaupapa 3: Waihanga Tuhinga continued

Kaupapa 4: He Toa Reo Māori o Te Ao Hurihuri
- learn & research about the history of te reo Māori in Aotearoa & beyond
- learn about this country's Māori language heroes
- choose a Māori language champion & create a biographical poster about them
- participate in Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Term 4
Kaupapa 5: Ngā Mahi a te Rēhia
- learn vocabulary & sentence structures that relate to your favourite game/hobby/sport/recreational activity
- create a project about your favourite game/hobby/sport/recreational activity
- present your project to the class ensuring you have a key learning objective in mind, e.g. that your classmates learn five new words that relates to your project; introduce a new skill to the class using te reo Māori

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

*Equipment & Stationery*
- BYOD with headphones (for listening exercises)
- 1 x 1B5, 1 x 20 page clearfile, gluestick, scissors, felt-pens


According to Careers NZ, "It's helpful to have knowledge of te reo Māori for jobs such as policy analyst, reporter, editor, librarian or CEO. It’s important to be able to pronounce Māori names and places correctly if you’re a news reader, or television or radio presenter. For jobs such as Kaiwhakaako Māori (Māori medium school teacher), interpreter or translator, you must be fluent in te reo Māori." In terms of small business, "The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment estimates the Māori economy to be worth $40-$50 billion in 2018, and that figure is growing. Most iwi businesses are in agriculture, forestry or fisheries, but you could also find your dream job in the related legal, marketing, management and science fields, or in one of the many small-to-medium Māori enterprises."

Visit this link https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/media/documents/careers-internships-and-employment/brochures/Careers_Kit_TereoMaori.pdf to see an extensive list of careers where being a reo Māori speaker is an advantage.


All subject selections are provisional only and are subject to:

  • meeting any course entry requirements
  • minimum class sizes
  • the availability of teaching staff

and the final decision is at the discretion of the Head of Learning Area for that subject.