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Rere Atu Maori Poi Song

A classic New Zealand Maori Poi Song.
This Waiata is all about the journey
of a Poi when dancing!


Rere atu
Rere mai
Taku poi
Rere mai
Rere runga
Rere raro
Rere tika e
Rere tika e


Fly away
Fly back
My poi
Fly to me
Fly up
Fly down
Fly straight along
Fly true, fly true.



  • Listen to the song and see if you can follow the beat using body percussion e.g. slapping knees, or tapping your chest. Feel the steady pulse of the beat!

Visual Art

  • Make your own Maori poi (see blog for more details).


  • Watch the video song and note how the poi actions match the words of the song. Use your Maori poi and match the actions to the words of the song..
  • Play the instrumental version - can you dance along?


  • Sing and read along to the YouTube song to achieve multi-sensory learning “Do it, see it and hear it!”

Print out the song PDF

  • Read the song lyrics – ask children a variety of questions..
  • Re-read the song lyrics and ask children to join in. .
  • Recognise and use a variety of punctuation when reading. “ ” ! ? . , .
  • Look at print and conventions (bold, italics)..
  • Talk about interesting/challenging words and discuss what they mean..
  • Word study – phonic knowledge, compound words, rhyming word, contractions etc.

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