The title of the programme draws on imagery of a fledgling bird, preparing for flight. In this instance, when a bird is ready, it stretches out its wings, faces the wind and launches itself into the air - He Pī Ka Rere! In this context. It is the idea that the whenua child is ready to crawl, walk, or run, they do so just as a Manu pipi would do.

‘He Pī Ka Rere’ is a Kaupapa Māori physical activity approach to nurture and develop the whole being of a tamaiti in Kōhanga Reo. It is based on traditional techniques used by our tūpuna combined with a need to supply our tamariki with the abilities and skills to participate in organised sport. The programme has been designed for delivery in Kōhanga Reo across Aotearoa, and is being currently delivered within the Tāmaki Makaurau rohe in partnership with He Oranga Poutama.

The activities in the programme share direct links to Atua Māori and the realms or domains in which they reside. These activities are modified to cater to the tamariki ages and abilities whilst aiming to utilise the natural environment.

He Pī Ka Rere offers the opportunity for tamariki to be engaged in physical activity with a fun twist on Te Ao Māori. It brings a new dimension of learning to kaiako, tamariki and whānau whānui as they can all extend their Māori vocabulary with new words and phrases.

The greatest aspect of the programme is that it can be performed with minimal resources, therefore those Kōhanga Reo that are fortunate enough to have some resources can make the experience with the programme that much better. The programme was intended to cater to Kōhanga Reo and we believe Kōhanga Reo should have full ownership on how they integrate the programme in their respective learning environments.


What are the benefits?

  • New and advanced kupu Māori/Reo Māori
  • Quality physical activity and movement
  • Connectedness to whakapapa through Tupuna and Atua activity
  • Kai Māori Kai Ora - nutrition component
  • Upskilling of Mātua, kaiako and whanau.

What are the goals?

  1. Te Ihi, Te Wehi, Te Wana - The Joy of movement
  2. Whanaungatanga - Connectedness
  3. Te Whai paranga - Attainment of skills
  4. Whakawhanaketanga- Child development

Want to know more?

Darrio Penetito-Hemara

BSp Sports Management

Kaiārahi - Training and Development Specialist, Māori Education Settings

Ngāti Haua, Ngā Puhi

Ko Maungatautari me Whakatere nga Maunga
Ko Waikato me Waima nga Awa
Ko Tainui me Ngatokimatawhaorua nga Waka
Ko Ngati te Oro me Te Mahurehure nga Hapu
Ko Raungaiti me Otatara Nga Marae
Ko Ngati Haua me Ngapuhi nga iwi
Ko Darrio Penetito-Hemara ahau

Mauri ora kia tatou katoa.

Darrio is a former student of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi who went on to graduate from Unitec Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Sport majoring in management. Darrio now works with us at Toi Tangata with He Pī Ka Rere.