The names of my places Ngā ingoa o ōku wāhi

Tagged with:

  • Mental health
  • Relationships and Sexuality Education
  • Personal health and physical development
  • Relationships With Other People
  • Healthy Communities and Environments
  • Hauora
  • Attitudes and values
  • Health promotion
  • Socio-ecological perspective
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Years 5–8
  • Years 9–10

Explore the names of the places that are important to you. Sometimes places have two or more names. Names could be in te reo Māori, English or other languages too. Discover the stories behind each name using the My places cards and The names of my places activity sheets. Choose three places that are significant to you. Discover the stories behind each name.

Oho — Resource collection

This activity is part of the Oho resource collection.

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Essential info

1-2 lessons
Individual or groups

Learners will

  • Explore the personal and wider cultural connections between place, language, time, events, people and identity.
  • Express and listen to ideas confidently.
  • Describe themselves in relation to the groups within their class and to the whole class.
  • Explore and discuss similarities and differences and how they contribute to the unique whānau, culture and identities of each class member.
  • Identify personal strengths of theirs and others.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of their whānau and personal histories.
  • Investigate the factors that shape our identities and how.
  • Identify different ways identities, languages, cultures and values are and could be represented in learning communities.

Ways to use the resource

  • Connect this activity to Enriching Local Curriculum (ELC) by exploring the names of the places you visit.
  • Centre these activities around relevant global, national or community places, events or themes.
  • Try the activities as an individual, as a small group and as a whole class.
  • Use the resources at home to get a deeper understanding of whānau culture.
  • Capture outputs in a format of your choice.
  • Use insights from these conversations in your learning design.
  • Learners might have grown up somewhere different to where they live now. Prompt them to think about the places that matter to them most.
  • Discuss what makes these places so special.
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Shown here: The names of my places activity sheet with three My places cards placed on it.


What you will need

My places cards.

The name of my places activity sheet: One per person or group.


1. Prepare cards

Add or remove My places cards to suit the context of your classroom.

2. Prepare activity sheets

Print or photocopy one The names of my places activity sheet for each person or group.

3. Choose places

Each learner selects three My places cards that represent places of significance to them. Spread the cards out on the table face-up and let the learner(s) select.

Discuss and compare

Research the names of the places. Discover the different stories behind the names. Discuss and compare your findings with the group or classroom.

Next steps

Discuss your places as part of the Sorting my places or My place in time activities.