Visual Pepeha’s

Tena Koutou Katoa

Ko Mount Cook toku maunga (mountain)

Ko Waimakariri toku moana (water)

Ko Otautahi ahau (place I am from)

Ko Wairakei toku kura (school)

Ko Moore toku whanau (surname)

Ko Robin toku matua (dad)

Ko Faye toku whaea (mum)

Ko Reece toku tane (husband)

Ko Emma toku tamawhaine (daughter)

Ko Melissa Isaacson toku ingoa (my name is)

No reira, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa

Room 7 has been busy learning about our local area, and where they come from. As part of this learning, involved extending individuals Pepeha knowledge and understanding. 

First, we wrote our Pepeha and this meant that Mrs Isaacson gave everyone homework on the first day of school. Our parents helped by providing personal Pepeha, information that was needed including favourite pets.  


There were more things we had to find out about this time.  It was longer than the Pepeha that I wrote in the juniors - Mac

Once the Pepeha was written, each person  had to decide on the  pictures that would match the writing.  We could choose any part of our Pepeha to show visually as long as it followed the same order as our written version.

Using A3 paper spilt into different sections we started designing our images.  It took a long time to go over the pencil pictures with black vivid so the images would stand out.


I am most proud of my visual Pepeha because I took my time to finish it.  I think it looks fantastic - Lauren

I took my time with my artwork because I real want to be an artist and I taking my time made it look better – Holly.

Finally, we were able to colour our images.  This involved choosing a variety of different dyes to use on the pictures.  Our choices to use were orange, blue, yellow, green and brown.


I chose these colours because they represent my families favourite colours.  I think my most interesting shape was the lines that represent my family because they are nice and straight – Zavier.

Once the dye was dry we had to take a photo of our visual Pepeha and save it onto Seesaw. Everyone practised saying their Pepeha in Te Reo by reading off our sheets. Then reading  to a friend and when we felt confident, we recorded ourselves reciting our Pepeha, using our visual art for support.




I thought this process was a challenge because we had lots of things to do to get to the end product. What I like best about my work is how all the dye stayed in the right place and didn’t smear the black lines - Max


Keywords: Te Reo, visual Pepeha, art, Extension

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