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Developing relationships through Te Reo Kori

Te Timatanga: Seting the Scene

Possible learning activities

The students can learn about working together and co-operating by considering how these values are expressed in Māori history and legend.

  • Tell or read students the creation story of Papatuanuku and Ranginui or any other creation story that is appropriate to the local iwi.
  • Discuss how the children of Papatuanuku and Ranginui worked together to separate their parents and how this affected their values, such as whanaungatanga, aroha, manaakitanga, and awhinatanga.
  • Introduce the whakapapa (history) of haka and discuss the need to respect the tikanga behind this form of Māori cultural movement. (Refer to Haka: Te Tohu is Whenua Rangatira = The Dance of a Noble People, by Timati Kāretu.)
  • Demonstrate, teach, and practise a selected range of basic te reo kori movements
  • Discuss how mana tāne and mana wāhine complement each other. 
  • In groups, the students can create a set of guidelines so that all dance members feel confident to contribute to and participate in the development of a te reo kori dance sequence.

Suggested learning outcomes

Students will:

  • practise movement skills and, in a group, demonstrate their abillity to link them in an expressive dance routine (2B1).
  • examine how people's attitudes, values and actions during te reo kori activities contribute to a healthy social environment (2D1).


Developing the ability to move (taha tinana) during dance. Developing mental and emotional well-being (taha hinengaro) through participation in Māori cultural activities.

Socio-ecological perspective

Identifying and reflecting on factors that influence people's choices and behaviours during social interaction. Contributing to their own well-being (hauora) through developing dance routines based on aspects of Māori culture.

Attitudes and values

Developing care and concern for other people in their community through co-operation and āwhinatanga.

Te Whakapā (tag)
Developing a dance or movement sequence