Poutokomanawa Projects

Recent bilingual creative arts projects and resources

by Poutokomanawa

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tōtara Tree by Emily Cater

Te Koha a Tāne

by Poutokomanawa

Coming soon.....

This Poutokomanawa resource was created as part of a MENZA networks of expertise project and has been distributed throughout New Zealand primary school classrooms and initial teacher education programmes, for both English and Māori medium.  The resource has 10 episodes of music and movement/dance activities inspired by the story of Kupe and Te Wheke a Muturangi.  The storytelling is woven throughout the resource and is presented bilingually in both English and te reo Māori.  To download a copy of this resource and to view the online digital support material click the link below. 


This project was another Poutokomanawa led MENZA networks of expertise project.  Puawaiata is a newly designed MENZA website space to support tangata whenua engagement and leadership within the organisation, as well as supporting the organisation's evolving bicultural strategic direction: He Ara Whakamua.   The pages in this new space include: Ngā Kaitautoko/Rōpū Māori (networking support for Māori kaiako), Ngā Rauemi (bilingual music and movement resources for schools), Ngā Pitopito Kōrero o Puawaiata (opportunities for  Māori kaiako to share their voices in music eduction), and Tahia Te Ara (workshops and education opportunities for non-Māori, including support for cultural competency and decolonising teaching practice).  To explore Puawaiata click the link below. 

Hā Ora

A Poutokomanawa project for

Te Rito Toi

Hā ora means a breath of life. This resource was created to support child wellbeing as they come back into their school communities after a time of challenge. Hā Ora describes having an essence full of vitality and creative energy that is central to this mahi.

In this resource, Hā Ora, you will find three units of work, which are all connected thematically under the concept of Hā Ora. We encourage you to look through all the offerings presented in the wider ‘Hā Ora’ resource, and use the material in a way that suits your learning context.