Te Reo and Tikanga Maori

‘Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Maori’
“The language is the essence of Maori identity”


Elmwood Normal School acknowledges the unique status of Māori as Tangata Whenua – First Nation Peoples, through the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840. With its signing, a partnership unlike any other in Aotearoa was founded and it is our intent at Elmwood Normal School, to also honour this.

Across all levels our tamariki are exposed to the transmission of Māori knowledge, skills and attitudes through viewing, listening and using Māori language. Through our approaches and classroom programmes we aim to support our tamariki and community to gain an increased sense of belonging and pride as they come to value te reo Māori and our unique cultural heritage.

At Elmwood Normal we promote the learning of Te Reo Māori by:
*  Showing respect to Te Reo Māori as our tōanga – our treasure.
*  Relating to others to learn 
and use simple words/phrases/sentence structures.
*  Understanding and participating in 
cultural activities, which supports an 
understanding of tikanga.
*  Acknowledging Te reo Māori and Tikanga Māori are intertwined, and so learning te reo Māori gives all access to the Te Ao  Maori World and Māori views.
*  Acquiring and applying Second Language learning 

As we all learn, we come to appreciate that diversity is the key to unity.

Kapa Haka at Elmwood Normal:

Kapa Haka is an art form central to Māori identity and we believe in providing our tamariki with an opportunity to express the culture and heritage. Currently we have up to 200 children, from Year 0-6, involved in weekly Kapa Haka sessions who are enjoying being part of the revitalisation and retention of te reo, tikanga, and ritual processes. These sessions provide a positive, disciplined, strength-based environment to enable students to shine by giving them; leadership skills, performance opportunities, confidence, music and movement awareness in an engaged, fun and inclusive activity.

Under the tutorage of our Kapa Haka teacher, Matua Rihari and other staff members, our tamariki perform for our school and community as well as at the Christchurch Cultural Festival.