Tena Koe Waiata
Not only is Te Reo Māori an official language in Aotearoa, but under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have a right to speak their own language, and the convention recognises that minority languages need extra protection. We all have a responsibility to create an inclusive society in which we embrace, promote and treasure all linguistic diversity.
Tēnā Koe is a popular waiata* in classrooms across Aotearoa. In this activity, children cut and paste the missing words and bring the lyrics home to teach their families about these greetings.
* We were unable to find the original artist of this classic classroom tune – if you are aware, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can give full credit for this beautiful waiata.