Kia Haumaru Te Iwi – United against COVID-19

Kia whakairia te tapu
Kia wātea ai te ara
Kia turuki whakataha ai
Kia turuki whakataha ai
Haumi e. Hui e. Tāiki e!


Kotahitanga is the concept of togetherness and unity. As a nation, we are being asked to unite, to come together as one to keep each other safe by following the professional guidelines to save lives!!!

The whakatauki is “He Waka Eke Noa” is an old proverb that encompasses kotahitangā and simply means, ”We’re in this waka together” albeit; 2 metres apart.

To combat the Level 4 warning, kotahitangā means to create a bubble, choose 1-2 whānau members and stay in that bubble for 4 weeks. So it’s really important that you really like these whānau members. Below are some idea’s you can do together.

How to extend kotahitangā:

  • Join a virtual te reo group on facebook, there are great rauemi from Te Taura Whiri I te reo website – click here
  • Set up a whanau zoom space and have hui in the cloud.
  • Practic kiwaha with whanau in your bubble.
  • Teach your tamariki how bake to drop off to Nanny and Koko’s
  • Is there a project around home that everyone can do. Imagine if everyone had a ‘best garden’ competition in the neighbourhood.

Keeping our tamariki occupied would be helpful, here are some resources that will keep them busy for a minute. By the end of the 4 weeks, our te reo māori will have improved. Check out the rauemi from Te Taura Whiri I te reo website, there is something for everyone!!! – click here

Kowhaiwhai bookmarks –

Upgrade a room into a classroom with these te reo māori subject signs –

Ready to learn the days of the week in sign language –

Accomplish learning these kupu;


Zoom – Host a hui and Invite whānau

To set up a virtual hui space in the cloud, we have developed a simple instructions that wil help you, plus, there is a really helpful video’s for you to watch. Let’s get going …..

Everyone doesn’t have to have a Zoom account to attend a meeting yet, anyone can join a meeting if they have been invited by the User. The User is the person creating the meeting. The Users needs to have a Zoom account to host a meeting.

What equipment do I need to join a Zoom meeting?

  1. A computer, tablet, or smartphone with. Built in or headphones (PREFERRED), earbuds, external speakers, …
  2. An internet connection. …
  3. Access or permission to install and configure Zoom software on your device.
  4. You may also choose to join a Zoom meeting using a telephone instead of a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Follow these guidelines to start a Zoom meeting or watch the video below:

  1. Download the zoom application from
  2. Open the Zoom application. …
  3. Host a Meeting. …
  4. Click the Invite button at the bottom of the meeting window.
  5. You can share the invitation in a few different ways: …
  6. Schedule a Meeting. …
  7. Enter a meeting title, in the Topic field.
  8. Follow and complete all fields.
  9. Copy invite link and send to whanau by pasting into an email to their address.
  10. Now it’s up to the whanau to turn up on time and open their zoom applications. Ka haere tonu!!!!

Haere e mua ….

…. Whakahokinga