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Neke nuku Māui Challenge

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Take the Hangarau Matihiko challenge this te Wiki o te Reo Māori with Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko.


Submissions open. Enter here >




This challenge is for all teachers, kaiako and ākonga to get involved and explore kupu hou (new words) in the Hangarau Matihiko and Digital Technologies subject area. 


Prepare a short video (90 seconds max) which briefly explains one or more concepts from the Hangarau Matihiko or Digital Technologies curriculum content using the kupu Māori (Māori word).


See an example here: 


Entries can be in English (whilst still using the Māori word for the concept you’ve chosen), Māori or Sign-Language. You can make up a song, dance, rap, animation, poem, short-story .. anything goes!



Who can enter?


This competition is open to anyone within a school or kura context. It is designed to focus on new terminology or concepts within the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content. Participants are not limited however (for example, you could include whānau in your video or in the process if you wish). 

Prizes are allocated to a nominated school and should be submitted with a named sponsor teacher or kaiako.



Key Dates


Submissions open 19 August

Submissions close 18 September

Judging 22-23 September

Winners notified 25th September



How to enter / submitting your video / format

Entries open 19 August. Check back here for details.




Any Hangarau Matihiko / Digital Technologies concepts can be used, but we’ve supplied a few below which you might want to explore. There are a range of resources available to you to support. See our resources section below. 


























Useful resources


Pīkau / Toolkits: We have a range of Pīkau or short courses available which take you through the curriculum content. You can explore these with your students to support research for your video. Explore the Pīkau here: 

- Search for the Māori kupu / words for your Hangarau Matihiko / Digital Technology concepts through the Te Aka Online Māori Dictionary and Paekupu

- Some other Ministry of Education resources include the TKI Hangarau Matihiko site and Kauwhata Reo.

- Use a Design Process in your planning to create your video. Here is a helpful resource to get you started here and here

Progress Outcomes: Explore the Progress Outcomes for Digital Technologies and Hangarau Wahanga Ako for Hangarau Matihiko to connect developing your submission with learning outcomes within the curriculum.




There are prizes for 10 Categories covering ages and mediums as below. 


- English (using the Māori and English words for the concept used)

- Māori (you may use the English word for the concept demonstrated if need)

- Bilingual / reo rua (Similar amounts of te reo Māori and English in the content; you can also use - Sign Language in this category if you choose)

- Sign Language / reo rotarota

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If you have any questions please email us here:


All entries must meet the following criteria

All entries must be the original work of the student/s or teachers submitting the entry.

Videos should not be more than one (1) minute long.

All entries must include a concept from the Digital Technologies or Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content and use the Māori kupu / word incorporated into the content.

Any other media content, such as images and sound, need to adhere to appropriate Creative Commons licensing. 

Entries can be in te reo Māori (any dialect), English, All (bilingual / reo rua ) or Sign Language; you can use Sign Language / Reo rotarota in any of the categories.

All entries must have been created after 1 August 2020.  

The entry form needs to be completed in full.

A sponsor teacher needs to be identified on the entry form.

If an entry is created by students from a range of ages, the year range that the oldest student falls into must be selected.

A link to a public file/resource needs to be provided for each entry. Please do not send in source files. For example, entries can be uploaded onto a YouTube account with the privacy option on ‘Public', or be able to be viewed independently. 

The person completing the entry form will need to indicate they have read the Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko  terms and conditions.

Entrants are required to write 1-2 paragraphs outlining the process they used to create the video. See the resources and guidance section for information on this. 

Entries must be received by 5pm, Friday 18th September


Terms and Conditions


- The competition is open to Year 1 to Year 13 students and teachers from across the country as outlined in the entry categories. Disqualified participants may not enter into the competition.

- Entry into the competition is deemed to be acceptance of the entry criteria and confirmation that the entrant has the necessary authority to enter the competition.

- Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko reserves the right to exclude any person from participating in the competition on reasonable grounds.

- Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko reserves the right to refuse to award any prize to an entrant who Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko decides (in its sole discretion) has not adhered to the entry criteria, gained unfair advantage in participating in the competition, or won using fraudulent means.

- Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko reserves the right to change the category of any entry submitted who Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko decides the entry does not fit the criteria of the nominated category.

- By participating, entrants grant Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko permission to use their names, photographs, and digital creations in connection with the competition and for future promotion and marketing purposes and waive any claims to royalty, right, or remuneration for such use.

- All entrant personal details will be held by Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko and may be used for the purpose of the competition and for future promotion and marketing purposes unless otherwise directed by entrants at the time of entry.

- Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko accepts no responsibility for late or misdirected entries.


- Prizes will be awarded to a nominated school of the winning entries

- The winners will be determined by a panel of judges who will use the entry categories criteria of the competition.

- The judges’ determination of the winners will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

- The winners will be notified by email, phone (voice or text) or mail and must be available for the preparation of all publicity that may be required by Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko.

- The prizes are not redeemable for cash or transferable. In the event that the prize specified in the competition becomes unavailable for any reason the promoter may substitute a prize of like or equal value.

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko responsibility

- Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko reserves the right to extend or discontinue the competition at any stage, for any reason.

- To the fullest extent permitted by law Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or for personal injury as a result of competition entry or winning competition prizes.


- Participation in the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.


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