Te Aho Ngārahu: fostering te reo Māori through localised curriculum resources

The 2020 funding round is currently reviewing applications. Final story outcomes will be announced in January 2021.

About Te Aho Ngārahu

Te Aho Ngārahu was established in 2017 as an initiative to improve the access to quality te reo Māori localised curriculum resources to support ākonga, kaiako and Kāhui Ako learning in and through te reo Māori in both Māori medium and English medium settings.

The annual fund for Te Aho Ngārahu was increased to $3.4 million in Budget 2020.

The meaning of Te Aho Ngārahu

Te Aho Ngārahu is the bright burning ember at the base of the ashes of te ahi kā, the home fire. Before the home fire burns down completely, a light breeze is brought to the final ember, reigniting the flames to burn brightly anew.

Hence with this project, the breeze of our communities is being brought to the burning embers of our stories, re-igniting the flames of our peoples’ values and learning, to create warmth for our learners and teachers of te reo Māori.

Our approach

Te Aho Ngārahu uses an approach where story ideas are sought through a Request for Stories application process.

The selected stories and respective storytellers then work with one of our te reo Māori curriculum and resource developers to co-develop the stories into te reo Māori education resources.


The intended outcomes of Te Aho Ngārahu are:

  • increased availability and use of localised te reo Māori resources
  • increased availability and use of curriculum resources to support the teaching and learning of NZ histories
  • wider public appreciation, increased awareness and deeper understanding of te reo Māori and local histories
  • strengthened relationships and partnerships between the Ministry and whānau, hapū, iwi and local communities
  • learning programmes supported by quality te reo Māori localised resources.

Contact Us

Email tereo.maorigroup@education.govt.nz

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