Year 9 Te Reo Māori

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms D. Wainohu

In Year 9, the focus is on listening and speaking in te reo Māori (exposure to reading and writing is limited at this stage). Ākonga (student/s) learn to communicate about themselves, their family and friends, where they are from, and things that are familiar to them, e.g. their community. Ākonga also learn about cultural conventions, e.g. how to meet and greet people, including hongi, as well as cultural norms via kōrero pūrākau (myths & legends).

The course is based on the Whāinga Paetae (achievement objectives) at Levels 1 - 2 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
Topic 1: Kōrero Mai - Te Reo o Te Akomanga
- learn daily classroom language
- learn about cultural manners & conventions
- learn to talk about routines at home, in the classroom & at school

Key Texts: 'Ko Māui rāua ko Mahuika’, ā, ‘Ko Rona me te Marama’ nā Peter Gossage

Topic 2: Ko wai tōku whānau?
- learn your pepeha/where you come from
- learn to talk about your whānau
- learn to describe people

Key Texts: ‘I Te Tīmatanga’, 'How Māui Found His Mother' & 'How Māui Found His Father & The Magic Jawbone' nā Peter Gossage

Term 2
Topic 3: Kia Whakanuia a Matariki - Wāhanga I
- learn about Matariki (&/or Puanga) and its importance to Te Ao Māori
- learn about star traditions from cultures outside Aotearoa
- undertake a creative project to be displayed, shown or performed at our annual Matariki festival, e.g. art piece, vlog, performance

Key Texts: 'Stories from our Night Sky' by Melanie Drewery & Jenny Cooper & 'The Seven Sisters of Matariki' by Toni Rolleston-Cummins

Term 3
Topic 4 : students choose the topic they want to learn based on Te Ao Māori and Tikanga

Term 4
Revision of the year

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

Assessment Information

No assessment in the junior school in languages


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.

Career Pathways


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.