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.