Te reo Māori picture books

Covers of some of the books produced by kura and rumaki reo.

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

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 go to the kura and its whānau, while digital versions appear below.

Teaching resources

More about the picture book project

A scene from the production of Wilford School's book. 

Ngā Pukapuka Pikitia

Te Hīkoi i ō Tātau Huarahi Tuawhenua Nā ngā tamariki o Kihikihi School ngā pikitia

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

Te Hono ki te Rōpū Tiaki Rori I tuhia i whakaahuatia e ngā tamariki o te kura o Corinna

Potae Haumaru Nā ngā tamariki o Te Kura a Rohe o Whaingaroa

Haumaru i Runga Pahikara Nā nga tamariki o Te Kura Māori o Porirua i whakaahua

Taku Rā Tuatahi nā Te Kura O Matapihi

Te Wāhi Haumaru Nā ngā tamariki o te kura o Wilford

Related resources

Mahia he pukapuka pikitia

View or download the guide to creating picture books about safer travel:

NZ Transport Agency newsletter 22 cover.Education Portal newsletter 22 (PDF, 1.95 MB)

In this newsletter: the full story behind picture books about safe travel written in te reo Māori published by seven kura and rumaki reo.

Kia Pai Tō Haere

He rauemi marautanga ngāwari a Kia Pai Tō Haere mā ngā Kura Rumaki Reo Māori e tuku tohutohu ki ngā kaiako mō ngā mahi whakamahere akoranga whai horopaki mō tētahi kaupapa whakaū i te kawenga ki te katoa mō te whakahaumaru i te whānau.

Kia Pai To Haere is a flexible curriculum resource for Māori Medium Schools that provides guidance for teachers planning contextualised learning based on a kaupapa that keeping whānau safe on a journey is everyone’s work.

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