Curriculum Statement Te Reo Maori/Tikanga

At Te Kura o Waima the expectation is that teachers will demonstrate quality teaching, planning and assessment in Te Reo Māori and Tikanga. Te Reo is the indigenous language of Aotearoa NZ and is a taonga under the Treaty of Waitangi. It acknowledges the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the bi­cultural foundations of Aotearoa NZ. Te Reo Māori is a living, dynamic and rich language.

Te Reo Māori and Tikanga will provide our tamariki with opportunities to

  • Participate with awareness in cultural situations
  • Understand New Zealand identity
  • Broaden cultural understanding


At Te Kura o Waima Te Reo Māori has a special place. Our tamariki extend their knowledge and understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand’s bicultural heritage, iwi, culture, and history.


At Te Kura o Waima children will experience Te Reo Māori and Tikanga as set out in Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te Ako i Te Reo Māori. At Te Kura o Waima we will structure our learning opportunities from Level 1-4.


Students will apply Te Reo Māori and Tikanga skills across a range of authentic purposeful contexts, tasks and audiences. Te Reo Māori will be taught to all class levels through meaningful contexts in which students have a genuine need to communicate in te reo Māori. Tikanga will be taught to all class levels through meaningful contexts in which students have a genuine need to participate in and understand Māori culture, customs, and protocols.


As students learn Te Reo Māori and Tikanga through class instruction, waiata, performance etc, they develop their understanding and respect of the power of their culture and language and also the cultures and languages of others.


Opportunities to use the Key Competencies and WAIMA values within learning languages are expected.