Our Māori Placenames - explore the rich stories

September 2, 2021

Header Image: Te Ana o Maikuku (also known today as Hobson Beach) is a significant ancestral site for local iwi and hapū and the perfect spot to share stories with students as they picture people and events of the past

Sharing these stories in the place they happened is powerful. Download our Inquiry Unit: Stories of our Māori Placenames and discover the significance of your placenames, past and present.

The language and history of our placenames creates striking snapshots of Aotearoa New Zealand’s history. Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2021, Māori Language Week, runs from September 13-19,  a perfect time to explore the importance of tapa whenua (naming places) in Māori culture to record stories of important ancestors and events and to describe places. The unit also develops understanding and use of te reo Māori.

Check out our other Teaching Resources filled with fun hands-on activities that can also be done at home with whānau.

latest articles

September 21, 2022

The Journey of the Treaty of Waitangi

September 21, 2022

Know - Whakapapa me te whanaungatanga | Culture and Identity

September 21, 2022

UNDERSTAND in Aotearoa New Zealand's histories

July 4, 2022

Aotearoa New Zealand's histories: Understand, know do