Te Reo

“Ko ngā pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko ngā pae tata, whakamaua kia tina.”

“The potential for tomorrow depends on what we do today.”


We have a reo challenge for Torbay School students, whānau and staff. Watch the video to learn about the My Mihi Challenge click here to watch . You can say the country you come from in English or te reo Māori. You can look up the country you and your ancestors come from at https://maoridictionary.co.nz/

If you are feeling confident and brave you can record your Mihi on this flip grid https://flipgrid.com/819301af

Our Aims: 

  • To work alongside expert teachers to extend students who excel in te Reo.  
  • Our Kapa haka coordinator, to provide opportunities for the roopu to perform at festivals, powhiri, school events the use of basic te reo Māori, waiata and Tikanga in a range of situations.
  • To teach from level 1 of the curriculum and stepping into level 2 as we are able to. Te Reo Māori in English – medium schools
  • To use Wai Ako to incorporate te Reo into daily use in the classroom as much as possible.   https://www.waiako.com/ 
  • To use the approach of tuakana/teina to assist student led learning across the school through Wai Ako. 
  • To recognise that teachers too are learners in this process.  
  • To ensure that Māori culture is valued in our school and that Māori children succeed as Māori.
  • To develop an environment that reflects our culture.

 Understanding that:

  1.  Languages are also vehicles of culture. 
  2. Through language we can understand and respect the values and culture of people.
  3. The belief about the well-being of te reo Māori – that the more we learn and speak it the more it will flourish.

Check out our learning in the  Education Gazette

For the Torbay School Kapa Haka website click here