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He whakarāpopoto

This poem is about the power of Tāwhirimātea. The birds are mere puppets whose strings are being pulled by Tāwhirimātea.

He whāinga ako

  • To identify the attributes of one atua – Tāwhirimātea.

He whatu pānui

Hei tautoko i te kaipānui

  • The poem uses some familiar phrases.
  • The lines do not rhyme.
  • Tāwhirimātea can be strong, forceful, and sensitive.
  • The birds are vulnerable to the whims of Tāwhirimātea.

Kia mataara!

  • The phrase 'kōmuri kē' – a different, gentle kind of breeze – may need to be explained.
  • The phrase 'kia tau te mauri' – settle down – may need to be explained.

He kete kupu

Ensure that your students are familiar with the word below and are able to use it.

kōmuri a gentle breeze

Hei wānanga i te reo

  • Discuss the word 'kē'.
  • Develop a word bank about Tāwhirimātea and the different types of winds.

Hei whakaihiihi

  • Go out on a windy day, get the students to lie down for five minutes and watch birds flying. Return to the classroom where the students can then share their observations.

Hei whakatā

  • Look for phrases that describe the wind.
  • Discuss with the students the relationship between Tāwhirimātea and the birds.

Hei wānanga

  • Are there other animals that are affected by Tāwhirimātea?
  • Are people affected by Tāwhirimātea?
  • Discuss with the students other situations where you could use the phrase 'kia tau te mauri'.

Hei mahi

  • Share the poems 'Toutouwai' and 'Riroriro' with the class. They are from the picture pack He Kohinga Waiata by Hirini Melbourne, published by Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga.
  • Read the story Toroa tītakataka with your group focusing in particular on words describing movement in the wind.
  • Share the large book Ngā Manu. Identify the birds and classify them from flightless to long distance fliers.
  • Read the story 'Kōtuku rerenga tahi' written by Te Aorere Riddell, in He Kohikohinga 17. This story describes the dilemma of Kōtuku getting lost in a storm.
  • Read the story 'Hokioi' written by Peti Nohotima, in He Kohikohinga 10. This story is about a contest between two birds, Hokioi and Kāhu, about who can fly closest to the sun.
  • Using boxes, create a model with Tāwhirimātea and Ranginui in the background and birds in the foreground attached by string.
  • There is a list of ideas in the book He Purapura: Handbook by Te Pou Taki Kōrero published in the section Ō Mataora/Making Sense of the Living World.

Hei mahi kē atu

  • In pairs the students identify words within Tāwhirimātea, for example, tā, tea, mā. What are the meanings of these smaller words?
  • Dramatise the poem. The characters would be Tāwhirimātea and the birds. Perform and record on a video camera.

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