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Te reo Māori picture books

Students in kura kaupapa Māori and rumaki reo created their own story books about road safety. 

Students in years 1-8 worked with kaiako and publishing professionals. The tamariki wrote text, created images, and made storyboards and mock-ups of the books. At each stage, they received expert feedback.

The final outcomes are picture books unique to each kura. Printed copies went to each kura and its whānau, while digital versions appear below.


Kihikihi cover

Te Hīkoi i ō Tātau Huarahi Tuawhenua

Nā ngā tamariki o Kihikihi School ngā pikitia

Download the book [PDF, 2.2 MB]






He Rahui cover.

He Rahui

Nā ngā tamariki o Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa i whakaahua

Download the book [PDF, 3.9 MB]






Corinna cover.

Te Hono ki te Rōpū Tiaki Rori

I tuhia i whakaahuatia e ngā tamariki o te kura o Corinna

Download the book [PDF, 7.1 MB]






Potae cover.

Potae Haumaru

Nā ngā tamariki o Te Kura a Rohe o Whaingaroa

Download the book [PDF, 2.6 MB]






Porirua cover

Haumaru i Runga Pahikara

Nā nga tamariki o Te Kura Māori o Porirua i whakaahua

Download the book [PDF, 4.2 MB]






Matapihi cover.

Taku Rā Tuatahi

Nā Te Kura O Matapihi

Download the book [PDF, 1.6 MB]






Wilford cover.

Te Wāhi Haumaru

Nā ngā tamariki o te kura o Wilford

Download the book [PDF, 2.5 MB]





More about the picture book project

The project generated learning experiences linked to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Te Aho Matua, while integrating road safety into curriculum learning areas. Students:

  • explored personal safety and the safety of those around them while travelling
  • extended their creative and critical thinking
  • had sustained learning that fostered interaction, cooperation, self-management, goal setting, decision-making and project implementation
  • were encouraged to see themselves as part of their community.

The publishing support team was from Lift Education E Tū. It was led by Hōne Apanui, one of New Zealand’s most experienced publishers of children’s resources in te reo Māori. The team included designer and illustrator Elton Gregory and editor and author Don Long.

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