Learning with Skype

The Neinsteins continue to use Skype to break down their classroom walls and reach out to experts, other classrooms and to explore the world.

This month they are learning with their friends from Broadlands School which is near Taupo. They are teaching the Neinsteins a waiata called Puti Puti. During their first skype session during Maori language week, James greeted Room 5 and shared his mihi. They then sang a waiata.

Room 5 replied with Ethan’s mihi and a waiata called Utaina. They then offered to teach the Neinsteins a waiata called “Puti Puti”. To top it off, Room 5 created this fantastic teaching video that the Neinsteins have used throughout the week to master the words.

Today, the Neinsteins skyped back into Room 5 at Broadlands. It felt like they were just calling friends! Room 5 showed the Neinsteins the actions to Puti Puti today and are once again going to put together a teaching video for them.

The Neinsteins can’t wait to video them performing Puti Puti so that Room 5 can see the amazing influence they have had on them!

Marae Visit


To celebrate Maori language week, Room 9 went to a Marae called Araiteuru Marae to learn about the Maori culture and marae protocol. At the Marae, we did lots of fun things. Some of them brought us out of our comfort zone. Some things like the hongi. The hongi is when two people lightly touch noses. Translated into English, it means the breath of life. We had to hongi all of the staff there and so did the teachers. After that we sang the staff there sang a waita to us. Once we had both sang we got split into three groups and went off to do activates.

On the first activity we did, we all shared our Mihi’s. The first activity that my group did was making whistles out of small bits of bamboo and if you blew into it the right way you could get a good sound. The second activity that we did was the Titi Toreau. Translated into English, Titi Toreau means ‘Stab, stab, rip ’. The Titi Toreau is a short stick that was used by the Maori to kill people. The other activity that we did was the raku (translated into English means stick). It is a Maori weapon that that we used to learn how to hit and block with. It is longer than the Titi Toreau but it was still used for fighting.

The Marae was a lot of fun because we learnt lot of new skills and things about the Maori culture and we are going to teach them to other people in our school so they will know. This was the first Marae visit that St Clair School has had and we hope to have lots more.

By Eleana. Year 6

Skyping with Melville Intermediate

Today we had a Skype session with Melville intermediate school.  We talked to two girls from the te ao upurangi class.  We showed them our mihis. At first we had a chat with them and asked some questions about Maori language. We had a talk for about their Maori language, their waiata and their karakia.  At the end Bridget shared her mihi. We had alot of fun.

We told the girls they are amazing ambassadors for their school.  They are fluent Maori speakers and they helped us with our pronunciation.  Mr Webb and his amazing class help us with our pronunciation and our mihi.  They have been recognised nationally for the wonderful work they do supporting Maori language learners across New Zealand.  You should check out their amazing blog!

Mosgiel, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand welcomes you!

Kia ora from New Zealand.  We feel very privileged to be hosting this blog this week.  This week is Maori Language week where New Zealand really celebrates te reo Maori (the Maori language).  The theme this year is Arohatia te Reo – cherish the language.  

We are excited to share a little of our country, our culture, and our language.  Each day we will try to share a new phrase with you.  Thank you for joining us on this exciting journey!

Kia ora