Te Kōtare is a te reo Māori music and education project, a vision completed, and a tribute to Jenny Shearer, māmā and kaiako (teacher), whose passion to fuse te reo Māori and education has become the Te Kōtare resource.
These education packs are being distributed through the Ministry of Education in March/April 2019.
Te Kōtare is a collection of 10 songs that comes with song books for classroom use and teaching notes. This beautiful collaborative resource is for children to increase te reo literacy and confidence via waiata.
“I want to have a collection of songs that I’ve written, about real places, or things in New Zealand, or based on Māori legends that I can take into early childhood centres and kindergartens. What lies behind my dream is a passion I’ve had since studying a biculturalism paper at university. It’s a passion for all children in New Zealand to grow up experiencing Māori culture as something they can feel comfortable within, enjoy, participate in, and feel confident operating within.” Jenny shearer, 2014.
Jenny’s dream was consistent with the goals of Te Whāriki (NZ early childhood curriculum) which states, “In early childhood education settings, all children should be given the opportunity to develop knowledge and an understanding of the cultural heritages of both partners to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.” (Te Whāriki, 1996).
Her deepest hope was simply that they would join the efforts of so many others working to assist people in their journey of learning te reo Māori. We hope that you will take as much joy and pleasure in them as we do. The waiata and videos are available on the Te Kōtare website for everyone to listen, watch and share.
You can also find the waiata on Spotify.