He pipi paopao noho Kōhanga, He Pī Ka Rere


He Pī Ka Rere draws on the  imagery of a fledgling bird preparing for flight. When a bird is ready to fly it stretches out its wings, faces the wind and launches itself into the air – He Pī Ka Rere!


From this imagining stems the concept that when a child is ready to crawl, walk, or run, they do so just as a manu pīpī would do.

What is He Pī Ka Rere?

He Pī Ka Rere is a kaupapa Māori physical activity and nutrition approach which nurtures and develops the whole being of a tamaiti in Early Learning Environments. The kaupapa aims to inform both kaiako and tamariki of the role that traditional activity plays in the growth and development of a child.

Based on traditional techniques used by our tūpuna combined with a need to supply our tamariki with the abilities, skills, and awareness to lead a lifelong relationship with kori (movement) and kai (nutrition) He Pī Ka Rere incorporates timeless mātauranga Māori knowledge and skills. 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 full range of tamariki ages and abilities whilst aiming to utilise the natural environment.

He Pī Ka Rere enables 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 most valuable aspect of the programme is that it can be performed with minimal resources. However, learning environments that have existing resources can use them to enrich their experience with He Pī Ka Rere.

Each learning environment has complete autonomy over how they will integrate the programme in their respective learning environments.


♦ Demonstrate fundamental movements and experience the joy of movement

♦ Display whānaungatanga (kindness and care) through play and movement Understand the importance of eating healthy kai

♦ Demonstrate mastery of important skills and abilities for sport and regular physical activity


♦ Demonstrate a range of movement and physical activity related kupu confident

♦ Understand the importance of activity and skill development for tamariki and explore fundamental skills and movement from a mātauranga Māori approach

♦ Be part of a growing network of certified He Pī Ka Rere trainers

Puna Ako

♦ Increase their use and application of Te Reo Māori related to movement with young people

♦ Understand the concept of play for developing skills and confidence with physical activities

♦ Understand the use of Atua as a set of principles and guidelines for fundamental movement and skills

Learn More

If you want to learn more about He Pī Ka Rere or how you can use it in your Kohanga Reo or Early Childhood Education Centre, email our Pouārahi | Training and Education Manager, Ranginui Rikirangi-Thomas for more information or to organise a wānanga in your rohe at ranginui@toitangata.co.nz

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