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  • Kia whai mātauranga tātou mō ō tātou rākau mā te reo Māori.

    Learn about our trees in te reo Māori!

    In this recorded professional learning session, join Greta Dromgool and Manaaki Whenua researcher Dr Norm Mason as we share and discuss bilingual resources created through the collaboration of students, educators, botanists and te reo Māori experts.

    Awesome mahi, thanks for all the rauemi.


    In 2022 Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha worked with botanist Norm Mason to learn to describe native tree species and to communicate this information to their peers and whānau. From this work a suite of articles was developed to support kaiako and akonga to learn about rākau trees.

    The articles present the fundamentals of plant biology in a way that is accessible to anyone who may have limited prior knowledge of botany. These resources are extensively illustrated with images and bilingual diagrams, including the stunning botanical illustrations of the late Audrey Eagle.

    The key science concepts covered in the articles include:

    • pollination and seed dispersal
    • seeds and germination
    • leaf structure and photosynthesis
    • classification and identification.

    This session will be valuable for both primary and secondary school educators.

    He rauemi reo Māori mō ngā rākau – Te reo Māori plant resources

    This is an edited recording of the webinar He rauemi reo Māori mō ngā rākau – Te reo Māori plant resources.

    Amazing resources! I'll be sharing these links widely.


    He rauemi reo Māori mō ngā rākau – Te reo Māori plant resources – slideshow

    This slideshow, from the webinar He rauemi reo Māori mō ngā rākau – Te reo Māori plant resources, provides additional support for the video tutorial.

    You can download the video and slideshow presentation.


    Topic Slideshow number(s) Video timecodes
    Welcome 1 00:00
    Index 2 00:27
    Introducing Dr Norm Mason 3–4 00:41
    Purpose 5 04:33
    Acknowledgements 6 05:20
    Rongoā collection 7–8 07:04
    Ngā rākau ❘ Trees 9–10 08:13
    He aha hoki tērā rākau? ❘ What kind of tree is that? 11–12 11:12
    He pūnaha whakarōpū ❘ Classifying and identifying plants 13–18 19:20
    Te haenga me te ruinga o te kākano ❘ Pollination and seed dispersal 19–21 27:48
    Ngā kākano ❘ Seeds 22–25 30:28
    Ngā rau o te rākau ❘ Tree leaves 26–32 35:14
    SLH links, keep in touch and thanks 33 39:13

    He kōrero kōpūtahi ❘ Related content

    The articles Indigenous perspectives – giants of the forests and The Majestic Samaúma – art meets science explore indigenous connections with trees in Aotearoa and in the Amazonian rainforest.

    Ngā hono ❘ Useful links

    He whakamihi

    Tēnei te mihi nui ki a Mokoro Gillett (Tumuaki o Te Wharekura o Te Rau Aroha) rāua ko Norman Mason (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research). Tēnā kōrua.

      Published 23 August 2023 Referencing Hub articles
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