Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora - Programmes for Students Year 1-8

“Kei te poi kē te kōrero.  Ka whiua te poi, ka puta te kōrero;  
ka whiua te poi, ka puta te kupu.”
Nā Tūhākia Keepa
(The Rythmn and Life of Poi, Ngāmoni Huata, 2000)


Te Ipu Kōrero is an exciting new oral language programme that is currently in design phase. Te Ipu Kōrero is being designed for ākonga in Māori-medium classrooms and: 

  • is based on second language acquisition theories of oral language development
  • can be delivered in the classroom by classroom teachers
  • is based on meeting the needs of ākonga at Manawa Taki
  • identifies and values the existing language skills and leadership potential of each learner at Manawa Taki and set goals based on those competencies
  • incorporates the elements that impact positively on student achievement and accelerate learning.


Target Audience

Ākonga who are at Manawa Taki in Kōrero (Ngā Whanaketanga Reo).


Intended Outcomes

Ākonga will have progressed in their learning (Kōrero) from Manawa Taki to Manawa Āki or above.

Te Ipu Kōrero seeks to raise and accelerate student achievement by:

  • strengthening teacher oral language competence and oral language pedagogy
  • providing opportunities for ākonga to utilise all of their language and learning tools in their kete.

Ways of working

We work with kura leaders, kaiako and whānau to identify the specific learning needs of each ākonga at Manawa Taki.

Kaiako participating in this trial programme will be part of the development team to inform the design of the programme, provide feedback on what works and what continues to be a challenge, and assist in the development of tools and resources.


Trialling schools

  • Tākaro School, Palmerston North
  • Te Kura o Waharoa, Waharoa
  • Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o te Whare Tapere o Takitimu, Hastings
  • Hato Hōhepa te Kāmura, Northland
  • Ōtaki School, Ōtaki
  • Te Kura Kaupapa o Manurewa, Auckland
  • Te Pā o Rākaihautū, Christchurch
  • Te Wharekura o Manurewa, Auckland