Kia Kaha te Reo Māori

Inspired by the use of te reo by educational leaders such as Mark Osborne and Maurie Abraham, I have taken on the wero/challenge to increase my use of te reo this year. After a long break since my 4 years of te reo at high school, it was time to regain my ability to speak Māori.

I have recently finished an online course through Te Wananga o Raukawa (,portfolio,,39,Certificate+in+Huia+Te+Reo.html) which was a great way to increase my reo. This has increased my vocabulary with many words and phrases which I can use in my day to day life (My daughter is not so impressed that I can now tell her to go straight to sleep in both English & Te Reo Māori) and enabled me to confidently whaikōrero on behalf of our school during pōwhiri. Thanks also here to Whaea Jennifer Leauga and (Aunty Whaea) Kiri Turketo at Lynfield College for your encouragement, support and pushes in the back to speak at each of these events.

As this is Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori here in New Zealand, I thought it would be an appropriate time to try to write a blog post in te reo (with translations provided).

Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou katoa

Hello everyone

E ngā kaiako, e ngā akonga, e ngā kaipānui
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The Day We Colonised Another Planet in Class

Mountain on Planet Epic: resource to utilise or sacred ground?

Mountain on Planet Epic: resource to utilise or sacred ground?

This post is being jointly written by Danielle and Steve and cross-posted on both of our blogs (you really should check out Danielle’s blog it is awesome). We are co-teaching a Science and Social Studies module called Post-Mortem for the first half of this year. This post is to share a learning experience that we designed to kick off the second term of our course: colonising another planet.
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Powerful Partnerships in Action

Our school has the phrase “powerful partnerships” in it’s mission statement and to me this is the aspect of our school that sets us apart as quite different from other Secondary Schools in our area.

We (aim/try to/do) live out these powerful partnerships in:

  • Learning Hubs – partnerships between Hub coach, student and parents to support each student to pursue their vision of academic and personal excellence
  • Learning Modules – partnerships between learning areas to enable connected, more powerful learning for our students (as detailed in yesterday’s post)
  • Big Projects – partnerships between our students and local community to pursue PBL opportunities

Today was a great example of Powerful Partnerships. We held our 2nd annual Waitangi Celebration Day. Students from Hobsonville Point Secondary School combined with Hobsonville Point Primary School to learn together for the day in 90 minute workshops run by teachers, students or community members. Truly living out the Partnership Principle of the Treaty of Waitangi. Continue reading

Kei te pehea koe?

This week is Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori (Maori Language Week) so my question today is honour of that.

Kei te pehea koe? means How are you?

Hopefully answered with Kei te pai (good) or even ka rawe ahau – I’m awesome!

To sign up for a Maori word of the day (or of the week) emailed to you see They are also running free online sessions over skype teaching you how to speak te reo this week. See the session times (including time converter for those of overseas) here.


This post is Day rua tekau ma rua (22) of My Questioning Quest.

See you apopo (tomorrow)!