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Waiata Pohutukawa Tree

Sing and Learn the Actions!


I am a Pohutukawa seed,
Plant me in the ground and water me.
Plenty of sunshine is what I need,
Then guess what you will see?
Out will shoot a tiny twig
And it will continue to grow so big,
Beautiful flowers of whero,
The native tree of Aotearoa.

Pohutukawa tree, Pohutukawa tree,
New Zealand’s Christmas tree,
You fill my heart with aroha,
The native tree of Aotearoa.

He kakano Pohutukawa
Poua ki te whenua
Nga hihi o te ra, hei oranga
Hihiri pupuke, te kune e.
He ira ki te whai ao
Ka tipu, tu, ka roa
Uhia I te raukura
Ko koe no Aotearoa.
Tu mai ra Pohutukawa
Tu whakahi ki te ao
Pupu ake ko te aroha
Ko koe no Aotearoa.




• Listen to the song.
• Add movement to show the growth of the tree from a seed.
• Create three flash cards: roots represent a low pitch; the trunk represents a medium pitch and a branch represents a high pitch. The teacher or a leader shows one of the flash cards and children move in a low, medium or high position and make a corresponding low, medium or high sound using their voice. Pitch is the degree of highness or lowness of a note.
• Challenge: Sing along to the instrumental version also great for concerts and performances!

Social Studies

• Learn facts about the Maori people from New Zealand.


• Make poi using Dacron filling, plastic bags and rope or plaited wool. Use poi to represent the ideas in the song.


• 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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