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How does te ao kori relate to te reo kori?

Māori movement activities have been a context for learning as part of physical education programmes in New Zealand schools since the 1940s. Throughout the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, physical education advisers embraced Māori physical activities in their teaching. These activities were given the name te reo kori (the language of movement) in 1989, and development throughout the 1990s incorporated language, cultural values, and tikanga (see Tikanga guidelines).

By 2000, the development of te reo kori had moved beyond these activities to incorporate games and pastimes, local environmental education, dance, and drama. Prominent Māori educator Dr Rangimarie Rose Pere recognised this diversification and recommended that te reo kori become part of te ao kori.


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