EP Whakataetae Reo Māori for Schools 2023

EP is excited to announce that the Whakataetae Reo Māori for Schools is back again in 2023!

Held during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, this is a free access competition open to all schools and students in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

What is this event?

Students and kura (schools) will compete against each other by earning points from completing selected activities drawn from our Te Ao Māori content. 

This is EP's principle and annual Māori Language competition that celebrates Te Reo Māori and supports schools throughout Aotearoa me Te Waipounamu with the normalisation of our national language. 

When is the event?

Coinciding with Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week), this event is open from 9 am, Monday 11 September until 4 pm Wednesday 13 September.

Who can take part?

Any NZ students with an active EP languages subscription can take part free of charge and will be automatically enrolled

Schools are welcome to enrol additional students for no extra charge. Please click here for instructions, and ensure you note that the details are for this event. 

We also encourage our community of educators to join in! If you'd like to take part alongside your students, let us know once you've registered, and we'll create an account for you to compete with.

EP for Home users on a trialling or active subscription are also welcome to take part but are not eligible to win any of the School Prizes. 

How do we sign up?

All New Zealand schools and students are automatically enrolled. 

If your school isn't already using EP, you can register for access here.

How do students compete?

Students will log in to EP using their accounts, and earn points by answering questions within the Māori content area. Kaupapa include activities on Te Reo Māori (The Māori Language), Tikanga (Cultural Etiquette) and Aotearoa NZ Histories.

For full instructions, we recommend that teachers and students check out our guide on taking part in EP competitions.

Are there any prizes?

Yes! Students who earn enough points will be awarded certificates. These are available to download by teachers after the event takes place.

Individual prizes:
  1. Top Student Per Year Group: Receives a Tāhei Pounamu (Greenstone necklace) + Free access to Te Ao Māori on EP for 2023: Year Groups are as follows: Years 3-6, Years 7-8, Years 9-10 & Years 11-13. 
  2. Top Overall Student: Receives a Tāhei Pounamu, 1 Year EP Essentials Access (EP for School or EP for Home) for 2023 + $100 gift card. 

Note: One student cannot win both individual prizes.

School Prizes

  1. Top Kura Māori and Mainstream Schools: Will each receive an engraved winners’ trophy + $100 towards a hākari (e.g. sushi party).
  2. Overall Top School: $1,000NZD grant for Māori resources for your kura.

How do we determine the national champion school?

While topping the national scoreboard is a significant achievement that will be noted with a certificate, the event winner will not be the school that achieves the highest total number of points overall. The winner will be the school who have both:

  • the highest average score per student
  • a minimum of one class (or the equivalent) registered for the competition

For the purposes of this event a class is

defined as the average size of a class on EP for normal everyday usage; 20 students

Competition rules

At EP, we take competition integrity very seriously. We recommend that all teachers and competing students check out our full competition rules. Any students found to be earning points unfairly will be disqualified from the event.

For any questions, please reach out to our team.

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