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Pakakē ana

Tangihōro Fitzgerald

This story is an action filled narration of a rugby game in progress.

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


Titiro atu ki a Hēmi.
Kua hopukina e ia te whutupōro.
Pakakē ana tana oma!

Look at Hēmi.
He's caught the football
Look at him run!


Titiro atu ki a Poi.
Kua hopukina e ia te whutupōro.
Pakakē ana tana oma!

Look at Poi.
She's caught the football.
Look at her run.


Titiro atu ki a Tai.
Kua hopukina e ia te whutupōro.
Pakakē ana tana oma!

Look at Tai.
He's caught the football.
Look at him run!


Titiro atu ki a Rōpata.
Kua piro atu ki te pae.

Look at Rōpata!
He's over the goal line


Pakakē ana te tū a tōna ringa!

Look at his hand go up!

Te Reo Māori in the curriculum

Strand: Reading (Writing)
Level: 3
Duration: 30 minutes x 3

Achievement objectives:

The student will be able to read texts and complete set tasks (guided reading):

  • to collate information from texts
  • to select information from simple texts relating to a specific topic
  • to identify main ideas and supporting details from a text.

Essential skills

Social and co-operative: Works co-operatively with others to achieve a common goal.

Problem solving: Demonstrates enjoyment of problem solving activities.

Other curriculum areas:

Social studiesSocial organisation: How participation within groups involves both responsibility and rights.

Activities to support the achievement objectives

1. Teacher directed

  • All together, read the story. Hand out paper and pencils.
  • Groups will discuss the questions. They must all agree before they write the answers.
  • Choose a page and write five sentences about the strengths of a character well known to you.


  • Who are the characters in the story?
  • What type of sport is being played?
  • Name four things you know about this game.
  • Name two things the characters are good at.
  • Name two things that help them play well.
  • Name a time when you worked well in a team.

2. Teacher directed

  • Working in pairs, have children draw two lines on their paper.
  • Write 'Proper nouns' in one column, 'Verbs' in the center and 'Common nouns' in the last column.
  • Create your own story in the three boxes.


  • What examples of team work in the home, in a kapahaka and on the marae, can you think of? (Write three sentences about each).

3. Teacher directed

  • Working in pairs, plan to interview a competitor from the story.
  • Think of 8–10 open-ended and worthwhile questions, and write them down.
  • Leave a space between each question for the answers.
  • When the first pair of interviewers have finished, they swap with their friends.
  • The class can use the results of these interviews to role play a radio talk show.


What kind of expression would you display in your voice for the following sentences?

  • George the winger is never going to get caught.
  • The ball is right on target and then 'Oh no!' The wind has blown it outside the uprights. 'What a shame!'

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