Oho — Resource collection

Tagged with:

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

Oho is a collection of cards and activities for teaching and learning that supports social and emotional learning. By exploring the connections between ourselves, and the world, ākonga can develop skills, strategies and knowledge that help them be culturally and socially located as unique and connected individuals.

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Using these resources to explore these relationships helps ākonga build awareness of their whakapapa and develop a stronger sense of identity and belonging within themselves and in their whānau, their classrooms and learning communities.

The resources also help teachers connect with ākonga, whānau and communities to inform relevant and equitable learning design.

By using the elements of Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) — developed from Relating to others and Managing self key competencies — we can help ākonga realise their potential through mana-enhancing, socially located and culturally sustaining ways.

Teachers can tailor the activities in the Oho collection to suit learners from years four to 10 in various learning areas and individualised or group settings. Ākonga can use the activities one at a time or in almost any sequence.

The cards, activities and teacher support materials provided in this collection are available as free downloadable, printable files.

Social and Emotional Learning

To find out more about these activities, please visit the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) support and collections pages.

View professional learning support View SEL collections


To order a copy of Oho and Ata please email orders@thechair.minedu.govt.nz.

About the name and artwork

Oho can mean awakening or to awaken. As a metaphor, it relates to the awakening of a sense of self and place that tamariki develop through using these resources. Oho as a modifier can also mean fruitful or productive, as in He tau oho, a fruitful year — this links nicely to Te Taiao or the natural world and growth in knowledge, awareness and understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

The Oho box artwork is inspired by designs of traditional waka huia, papa hou or treasure boxes. The intricate illustrations are treasures in their own right — they are indicative of the rich and rewarding journeys that the resources inside can enable.


Co-designed for The Ministry of Education by Chrometoaster and IDIA | Indigenous Design & Innovation Aotearoa.

Co-design team:

Chrometoaster — George Frost, Aaron McKirdy, Qudsia Rashdi, David Read and Dave Turnbull; IDIA — Miriame Barbarich, John Moore and Dr Johnson Witehira; Cat Lunjevich; Judy Cochrane; Nic Gorman; Leanne Stubbing; Chrystal Doller; Ellie Tofts; Conrad Nepe Apatu; NZCER — Dr Rosemary Hipkins, Rachel Bolstad; Ben Sedley; Dr Melinda Webber; Nathan Wallis; Aatea Solutions; CreativeHQ; Dr Sonja Macfarlane; Dr Stuart McNaughton.

Informed by the research of:

Ted Glynn, Waiariki Grace, Dr Angus Macfarlane and Dr Wally Penetito.

Thanks to:

New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER), Curriculum Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group and the schools, teachers and learners who contributed and trialled resources. Special thanks to Newlands Intermediate School and Wainuiomata Primary School.