top of page


Dominion Road School (He Maunga Teitei) recognises and acknowledges the significance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and works hard to  ensure all staff and students are valued within our school community.


At Dominion Road School teachers seek to ensure that all students:

  • Understand the inherent connection between te reo and tikanga - they are inseparable

  • Achieve to the best of their ability in te reo Māori

  • Develop familiarity and understanding of the language, culture, history and tikanga of Māori which are unique to New Zealand.


Students are more likely to succeed in learning te reo Māori when their teachers -

  • Combine learning about te reo Māori with learning about tikanga Māori

  • Take a communicative approach to teaching and learning

  • Embed teaching and learning about language forms, including grammar and vocabulary within an authentic communicative approach


Students will be offered a variety of contexts within a balanced programme.


Aspects of Planning:

  1. The concept of ako - teaching and learning relationship. Ako is grounded in the principle of reciprocity and also recognises that learner and their whānau can not be separated

  2. Tuakana-teina - the expert guides the novice. These roles can be reversed at any time

  3. Te whakamahi i te reo Māori i roto i ngā mahi whakaako - using te reo Māori in the language of classroom instruction

  4. Te whai wāhi mai a ngā whānau me ngā hapori - building of productive relationships with whānau and community

  5. Te ako i te reo Māori mā te huarahi o te hangarau - Using digital technologies for teaching and learning te reo Māori



  • As per curriculum guidelines from ‘Te Aho Arataki Marau mō te ako i te reo Māori’ a range of themes, topics and text types will be covered 

  • Te Ao and tikanga Māori is incorporated throughout the school curriculum

  • Teachers integrate Te Ao Māori into planning and teaching, wherever possible.

  • Waiata is used to reinforce vocabulary and new learning

  • Our school vision statement is a whakatauki and is used to guide our vision 

  • Our school karakia is recited at the beginning of the day and at the start of all assemblies

  • The New Zealand National Anthem is sung in Te Reo and English

  • A teacher  is employed .2 each week to teach te reo and waiata school wide, lead the Kapa Haka  and provide staff professional learning in te reo Māori and tikanga. This teacher also takes a lead role in teaching correct pronunciation and helps to build te reo knowledge among staff..

  • Each class ensures they are covering learning objectives from Level One of the curriculum with older classes and more experienced learners moving into Level 2 (te whakatōtanga).

  • Six language modes are covered - whakarongo (listening), pānui (reading), matakitaki (viewing), kōrero (speaking), tuhituhi (writing), whakaatu (presenting eg: facial expressions)

  • Teachers are expected to integrate Māori commands and phrases into their daily classroom programme

  • The school’s Kapa Haka practises each week on a Thursday afternoon and consists of Year 3-6 students

  • A junior Kapa Haka practises one lunchtime a week for Year 1-2 students

  • The school’s Kapa Haka Group takes part in school wide and community events including the Albert-Eden Cultural Festival in November

  • Māori student leaders lead the karakia and karanga at school hui

bottom of page