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Tangihōro Fitzgerald

The events that happen in this story show that nothing lasts forever.

'Nanakia' story by Tangihōro Fitzgerald, with page numbers from He Kohikohinga 34.


Nā te hau nanakia, i kāhaki ā mātou poihau.
Nā te waipuke nanakia, i kāhaki ā mātou tauira waka.

That crafty wind came and whisked away our balloons.
That terrible flood came and carried away our boats.


Nā ngā ngaru iti nanakia, i kāhaki ā mātou hanganga kirikiri.
Nā taku mōkai kūao nanakia, i kāhaki ōku hū.
Anei ōku hū hou."Tēnā koe mōkai."

Those cheeky waves came and washed away our sandcastles.
That mischievous puppy of mine came and stole away my shoes.
These are my new shoes."Good pet."

Achievement objectives:

  • to listen, understand and participate in group discussions in a range of learning contexts
  • to recall and respond to main ideas and questions within familiar contexts
  • to understand colloquialisms as used and heard in a particular context.

Essential skills

Self management and co-operative skills: Participate appropriately in a range of social settings.
Information: Organises and presents information clearly.

Other curriculum areas:

Science – Making sense of planet Earth.

Achievement objective:

Students will be able to:

  • investigate major factors and patterns associated with weather, and use given data to predict the weather.

Activities to support the achievement objectives

1. Teacher directed

  • Teacher to read the story with expression. Children to repeat.
  • Divide class into pairs. Hand out drawing paper and pencils.
  • One student will read one of the questions. The other will read the response from the story.
  • Each student will draw an image of the answer and write a short promotional advert about it.


  • That crafty wind whisked away our ….?
  • That terrible flood carried away our ….?
  • Those cheeky little waves washed away our ….?
  • That sharp-eyed hawk snatched away our ….?
  • My mischievous pet pup stole away my ….?

2. Teacher directed

  • All together, read the story with expression.
  • Introduce and demonstrate, the words nāku, nāna, nā … (name?)
  • Children sitting in a circle. Teacher will ask, "Who took away the balloons?" Children will respond with "I took away the balloons." Continue this until all concepts are taught and each child has had a turn.
  • Each student will draw an image of the answer and write a short promotional advert about it.

Questions (children will listen to the answers and write it down):

  • Who is the author of the story, 'Nanakia'?
  • Who is the artist?
  • Who do you think built the sandcastles?
  • Who owns the new shoes?

3. Teacher directed

  • Hand out a copy of the story to each child and their writing books.
  • Draw 2 columns. Write 'Kei te hē/Kei te tika' at the top.
  • Teacher to read each page slowly.
  • At some pages, the teacher will deliberately make a pronunciation mistake and pause.
  • At other pages the teacher will just pause.
  • Children will tick 'Kei te hē' or 'Kei te tika' and enter the page number from the story.
  • Teacher will talk about adjectives and explain the work it does to give the noun a face.
  • Children will find five new adjectives to replace the adjective 'nanakia'.


  • What other adjectives could you use to describe the nouns: poihau, waka, hū?
  • Draw your face when your balloons, boats, sand castles and shoes disappeared?

4. Teacher directed

  • Teacher to read the story. Children will raise their hands every time they hear a verb (e.g. kāhaki).
  • Explain that kāhaki has several meanings.
  • Hand out a dictionary to each working pair. Tell them to find five verb words, copy and discuss all the answers written in the dictionary.
  • In groups of four, plan and prepare a two minute dialogue.
  • Choose a page. Imagine that one of them saw what happened and is retelling the event to her friends.

(Groups should try to use as many of the structures previously taught in this unit.)

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