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by Ariana Tikao 

People sing oriori to babies as the babies are growing inside their mothers. They also sing them during birth to help keep the mother and the baby relaxed. Later on, oriori can be used as lullabies. Oriori help pass on values and knowledge about te ao Māori. They do this through place names, whakapapa, and stories about the baby’s whānau. Oriori often include the hopes and dreams of the whānau for the baby. 

Series: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

Learning area: English, Health and Physical Education, Learning Languages, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 2

Reading year level: 4

Topics: ancestors, culture, heritage, history, identity, inheritance, kōtuku, language, lullaby, metaphor, oriori, poetry, responsibility, stories, taonga, te reo Māori, tūpuna, values, whakapapa, whānau

In: School Journal Level 2 June 2022

Publication date: June 2022

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