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Pukapuka pikitia

Akonga in kura kaupapa Māori and rumaki reo created their own story books about road safety. 

Students in Years 1-8 worked with kaiako and publishing professionals. The tamariki wrote text, created images, and made storyboards and mock-ups of the books. At each stage, they received expert feedback.

Printed copies went to each kura and its whānau. 


Te Hīkoi i ō Tātau Huarahi Tuawhenua

Book cover showing children smiling.

Nā ngā tamariki o Kihikihi School ngā pikitia.

Te pukapuka [PDF, 2.5 MB]


He Rāhui

Book cover showing three children.

Nā ngā tamariki o Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Wairarapa i whakaahua.

Te pukapuka [PDF, 10 MB]


Te Hono ki te Rōpū Tiaki Rori

Book cover showing girl operating school patrol sign.

I tuhia i whakaahuatia e ngā tamariki o te kura o Corinna.

Te pukapuka [PDF, 11 MB]


Pōtae Haumaru

Book cover showing boy putting on bicycle helmet.

Nā ngā tamariki o Te Kura a Rohe o Whaingaroa.

Te pukapuka [PDF, 5.2 MB]


Haumaru i Runga Paihikara

Book cover showing children riding bicycles.

Nā nga tamariki o Te Kura Māori o Porirua i whakaahua.

Te pukapuka [PDF, 4.9 MB]


Taku Rā Tuatahi

Book cover showing children walking to school.

Nā Te Kura O Matapihi.

Te pukapuka [PDF, 2.4 MB]


Te Wāhi Haumaru

Book cover showing teddy bear in rocket.

Nā ngā tamariki o te kura o Wilford.

Te pukapuka [PDF, 4.5 MB]

More about the picture book project

The project generated learning experiences linked to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa and Te Aho Matua, while integrating road safety into curriculum learning areas. Students:

  • explored personal safety and the safety of those around them while travelling
  • extended their creative and critical thinking
  • had sustained learning that fostered interaction, cooperation, self-management, goal setting, decision-making and project implementation
  • were encouraged to see themselves as part of their community.

The publishing support team was from Lift Education E Tū. It was led by Hōne Apanui, one of New Zealand’s most experienced publishers of children’s resources in te reo Māori. The team included designer and illustrator Elton Gregory and editor and author Don Long.

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