Arohanui in action: Fostering belonging and contribution

Kotahi te kākano, he nui ngā hua o te rākau.

A tree comes from one seed but bears many fruit.

Arohanui is a dual language picture book in English and te reo Māori. It is aligned with Te Whāriki and allows for rich curriculum experiences.

This book offers many opportunities for learning across your whāriki. However, it is most connected to the principle of Empowerment | Whakamana and the strands of Belonging | Mana whenua and Contribution │ Mana tangata.

Part of the cover of Arohanui showing the two girls from the story.

Arohanui supports the curriculum principle of empowerment by helping children to recognise, appreciate, and identify with different perspectives. It is set in the familiar world of an early learning service, so it will connect to children’s own experiences of inclusion and exclusion. It also provides children with a starting point for taking action to create a culture of belonging and inclusion.


Cover of Arohanui the English version

Download Arohanui in te reo Māori (2MB PDF)

Listen to the story being read:

Download Arohanui in English (2MB PDF)

Listen to the story being read:


Kaiako support materials

The kaiako support materials for Arohanui provide a range of ideas you could incorporate in your talk and in what you plan around the story. Your learning community will have its own ways of thinking and talking about values and its own ways of making them real.

Page of kaiako notes in te reo Māori

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