This resource has been created by Rangitane o Wairarapa Incorporated to help Early Childhood Education and Primary School teachers to deliver basic te reo Māori across curricula.
We wanted the resource to be relevant to the Wairarapa and so engaged local women Michelle Potangaroa (pakeha and Ngai Tahu) and Astee Karaitiana (Rangitane, Ngati Kahungunu, Raukawa
and pakeha) to develop the content.
Both women work in Masterton and are experienced early childhood educators. At the time of creating the resource the ladies were pregnant with respectively their sixth and second child and
had gone on maternity leave the week before finalizing this work.
By using a combination of both women’s experience of educating children outside of formal settings, Michelle’s extensive knowledge of the early childhood sector and Astee’s engaging way of teaching te reo Māori we hope that we have come up with a range of useful material. Also thank you to Makoura Community Early Education Centre for allowing us to use transcripts
from their te reo sessions. The resource includes karakia, words, phrases, sentence structure, examples of mihi, waiata and much more. We could have kept adding more but thought that we would wait to here back from you before progressing further.
For further information or inquiries please contact Joseph Potangaroa or Mike Kawana.