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Tira whakataetae

Tangihōro Fitzgerald

Like the story 'Tira whakataetae', a parade of sporting teams is always a spectacular event. 'Tira whakataetae' story by Tangihōro Fitzgerald, with page numbers from He Kohikohinga 34.


Ka rārangi mai ngā kapa haka. Arā noa atu te ātaahua.

When the culture groups line up, they make a beautiful picture.


Ka rārangi mai ngā tira netipōro. Arā noa atu te ātaahua.

When the netball teams line up, they make a beautiful picture.


Ka rārangi mai ngā pōro rāwhi. Arā noa atu te ātaahua.

When the basketball teams line up, they make a beautiful picture.


Ka rārangi mai ngā tira whakataetae papa retireti. Arā noa atu te ātaahua.

When the skating teams line up, they make a beautiful picture.


Ka rārangi mai ngā tira pā whutupōro. Arā noa atu te ātaahua.

When the touch football teams line up, they make a beautiful picture.


Ka rārangi mai ngā tira toa. Arā noa atu te ātaahua o ngā kanohi!

When the champion teams line up, their faces make a beautiful picture.

Possible achievement objectives:

Te Reo Māori in the curriculum

Strand: Viewing (Writing)
Level: 3
Duration: 30 minutes x 4

Achievement objectives:

The student will view and understand the different kinds of visual and verbal languages and the effect one has on the other:

  • to see the creativity possible through visual thinking
  • to explain and interpret a visual image seen for the first time, based on prior knowledge.

Essential skills

Self management and cooperative skills: manages time effectively.
Information: organises and presents information clearly.

Other curriculum areas

  • Art: developing practical knowledge in the visual arts
  • Science: Physical/Material world – Colour unit. This story and its activities will work in well with a science unit on colour.

Activities to support the achievement objectives

1. Teacher directed

  • Read the story as a group and then listen carefully to the questions below.
  • Share answers in a group discussion.
  • In pairs draw an A4 size poster of something from nature or an animal and write a phrase using this structure: Tiro atu ki te ________. Arā noa atu te ātaahua!


  • How many people are there in the football team?
  • What are the colours of the basketball team?
  • Why are the champion teams happy?

2. Teacher directed

  • In groups of four allocate a page to each group.
  • Study the picture and name all the clothing and equipment that is required for that particular sport. (Be specific e.g. socks not basketball uniform.) Share your observations with the rest of the class.


  • Give some reasons why sports teams wear uniforms?
  • What skills should men and women be good at in a kapahaka?

3. Teacher directed

  • Have magazines, newspaper, glue, scissors and crayons prepared. Read text together. In groups of four present a collage. Decide on a topic e.g. technology, transportation, clothing, sports, perfume and find as many pictures from magazines to fill the page. Write sentences about why you like that topic.


  • What other types of competitive games can you name?
  • What sports do you know that only require one person to play?

4. Teacher directed

  • Cover the text. Show only the illustrations and have children recite the text.
  • Organise art materials to hold a sports team fashion parade.
  • In groups of five to six, children will select a sport and design their sports uniform using newspaper.
  • They can use paint, decorations etc.
  • If the teacher can show the Commonwealth Games video, children will witness the importance of identity and uniformity.
  • On the day of the parade, have children march to music.
  • Take photos of each group in order to write a story using the same sentence structure as 'Tira whakataetae' and turn into a class photo book.

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