Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010

Tahuna Te Ahi: Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori

Here we are in all our glory, Tahuna Te Ahi celebrating Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori!

Thank you to all the parents who came and supported us, we really appreciated having you there.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Korero Mai Koutou

Impress me with your te reo Maori knowledge!!

Post a comment below, writing some of Te Reo Maori that you know. Make sure you include your first name and room number. You might ask and answer questions such as; What day is it? What month is it? Greetings and Farewells, you Mihi etc.

The writers of the 3 most amazing comments will receive a Maori Language t-shirt and I have lots of stickers to give away!

Korero mai koutou

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pupils Kapa Haka to celebrate!

Some of the Kapa Haka students (Macey, Zak, Maddie and Isabella) were photographed for the Queenstown Times, a section of the Otago Daily Times.

Tu meke koutou, you 4 are awesome!!

Click here to read the article and see the photograph

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kapa Haka performances during Maori Language Week

We have e rua (2) Kapa Haka performances i tenei wiki (this week). Our aim is to raise awareness of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, so will be performing in 3 places around central Queenstown: by the water wheel in The Mall, by the lake near The Bathhouse and in Earnslaw Park.

Wakatipu combined Kapa Haka group
(Students from Queenstown Primary School, Remarkables Primary School, Arrowtown School and St Joseph's)
-Wednesday 28th July from approx 11:45am

QPS Kapa Haka group
-Thursday from 12:30pm

Haere mai koutou ki te titiro ki a matou (Come and have a look at us)!

SpongeBob celebrates Māori Language Week

"Friday, 16 July 2010, 2:29 pm
Press Release: Noodle Hq

SpongeBob SquarePants celebrates Māori Language Week

(26th July – 1st August 2010)
The world’s most famous sea sponge, SpongeBob SquarePants, is back this year playing his part in promoting Māori Language Week with full episodes in te reo Māori all week screening on Nickelodeon NZ (SKY channel 041) from Monday 26th July until Sunday 1st August (8.10am and 4.00pm weekdays and 8.10am and 8.40am on the weekend).

Nickelodeon New Zealand fans will see SpongeBob and his sea-dwelling Bikini Bottom friends, including Squidward, Mr Krabs and Patrick, speaking in te reo Māori for the week of Monday 26th – Sunday 1st August 2010 thanks to a combined effort from Nickelodeon NZ, Te Māngai Pāho and Cinco Cine Film Productions. "

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ko te wiki o te reo Maori a tera wiki!

Next week is Maori Language Week! I challenge you to speak as much Maori as you can to your friends, families, classmates, teachers, neighbours and even your pets!!

Everytime you see me in the playground, greet me in Maori ("Kia ora Miss Lawson, Tena koe Miss Lawson) or ask me how I am (Kei te pehea koe?)

Click the links to the right (matau) of this post, to test your knowledge of Te Reo Maori.

Watch this space for opportunities to win prizes! I have balloons, stickers and some t-shirts to give away to people trying really hard to speak Te Reo Maori.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

New Zealand Principal's Conference

Students from Queenstown Primary School, Arrowtown School and Remarkables Primary, created a combined Kapa Haka group to support the opening of the NZPC. It was an amazing opportunity to work with the other schools and the roopu really impressed the audience. I have had really positive feedback from some principals that attended the opening.

Tino pai koutou, we look forward to performing with you next week during Te Wiki or Te Reo Maori.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Ka tae mai a Matariki

Ka Matariki apopo, tomorrow is Matariki!

Matariki is our Aotearoa Pacific New Year. It takes its name from the seven star constellation which reappears over the horizon in late May. In Western astronomy this constellation is called The Pleiades.

In 2010 Matariki will be celebrated on June 14. So Happy Matariki koutou!

Because Matariki signals the beginning of a new year, it's a great time to set some goals or start something new. You could:

-get fit
-learn a new hobby
-do something to remind your family how fabulous you think they are
-make a wish for the new year when you see the moon

Kia pai to wiki koutou, have a great week everyone and kia tupato koutou ki runga i te maunga, be careful up the mountain!

What are your Matariki goals, publish them as a comment below...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Nga Marama o te Tau

Ko te Ratu to 1 o Pipiri, te tau 2010 te ra.

Kia ora koutou. Kei te makariri i tenei ra! It's cold today!
We've had our first frost here in Queenstown, so everyone is wrapped up in warm clothes today.

Here is the Korero QPS video from i tera wiki (last week).

WALT: Ask and answer questions about what month it is, was and will be.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Ka pai Ruma 12!

I thought this was a great way to use your Te Wa resources! Ka pai koutou!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Actions for Utaina

Ko te Raapa te 19 o Haratua, te tau 2010 te ra.
Wednesday the 19th May 2010

Here are the videos for you to practise the actions for Utaina... if you you work hard and practise lots, you'll learn them really quickly.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kapa Haka visit to Wakatipu Kindy

Ka pai to waiata koutou, i tenei ra! Your singing was awesome today. It was such a beautiful day and the perfect one for a quick trip up to Wakatipu Kindy during interval. I think the kids and staff up there were really stoked to have you there, I bet those young tamariki can't wait to be in the Kapa Haka group when they start at QPS.

Make sure you keep practising Utaina, you'll be learning the actions i tera wiki, next week.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Waiata: Nga ra o te wiki


Nga ra o te wiki

Monday, April 26, 2010

Kei te pehea koe?

Kia ora koutou!

While you are learning about Te Wa this term, you will also be learning to ask and respond to:

Kei te pehea koe? (How are you?)
Kei te _______ ahau (I am _______)

Here are some Kupu ahua (describing words) you can use to say how you are feeling. Practise with your classmates and your family.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Year 4-6 students visit Remarkables Primary School

Ka pai to waiata koutou! You sang and performed so well when we visited Remarkables Primary School on Wednesday. It was great to visit another school and we look forward to a visit from them when their group is up and running.

Thanks to RPS for inviting us and thank you to all the parents who transported us out there. Kia ora mo to tautoko! Thanks for your support.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Visit to Remarkables Primary School

The year 4-6 Kapa Haka students will be visiting Remarkables Primary School on Wednesday 24th March (next Wednesday) to perform to their students. It will be an excellent opportunity to perform outside of QPS and to make links with the new school.

So parents, we need your help!

If you are able to help us transport the students there between 1:30-3pm, then please contact Victoria in Room 15 or on victorial@queenstown.school.nz

Your child will bring home a notice about this on Wednesday 17th March.

Kia ora mo to tautoko,
Thanks for your support

Friday, February 26, 2010


Thank you so much to the students, staff and parents who were involved in this. You were amazing! The waiata sounded awesome.

Thank you Baz Smith, Mr Western and Mr Turrell for doing the whaikorero, it is not easy to stand up and speak to several hundred people in Maori. Ka pai to whaikorero koutou.

Lucia, Zac, Leilani and Samantha- ka pai to karanga koutou. You spent so much time practising your karanga and it sounded superb.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tangata Whenua Waiata 2

E tu kahikatea

E tu kahikatea
Hei whakapai ururoa
Awhi mai awhi atu
Tatou tatou e

Stand like the kahikatea (tree)
To brave the storms
Embrace one another
We are one together

Manuhiri Waiata 1

E toru nga mea

E toru nga mea
Nga mea nu nui
E kī ana
Te Paipera
Ko te mea nui
Ko te aroha.

Manuhiri 2

Te Aroha
Te Whakapono
Me te rangimarie
Tatou tatou e

Monday, February 15, 2010

Learning your mihi

Kia ora koutou
Many of you will be practising your mihi in your classes this term. Here are two examples of students doing their mihi, it might help you to learn yours!
Kia kaha!

Mihi 2


Helen Clarke is welcomed to the United Nations

Wednesday, February 3, 2010