Toku pepeha – my self introduction

Graduating Teacher Standard 4e:

use te reo Māori me ngā tikanga-a-iwi appropriately in their practice.

A pepeha is a way of introducing oneself in Maori. In Maori culture it is important to identify yourself to things, especially nature, such as rivers, oceans, and mountains. The pepeha begins by identifying myself in relation to large things – location, mountain, river, and then gets more personal – where I live now, my profession, and my name.

Tena koutou katoa

No Clevedon ahau

Ko Otau te maunga

Ko Wairoa te awa

Kei Maungawhau ahau e noho ana inaianei.

He kaiako ahau.

Ko Laura Oosterbeek toku ingoa

Tena koutou katoa

I originate from Clevedon

The mountain is Otau Mountain

The river is Wairoa

I live in Mt Eden now

I am a teacher

My name is Laura Oosterbeek

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