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Ā mātou kōrero – Our stories

Ā Mātou Kōrero | Our Stories is a series of illustrated storybooks that have been developed to support, reflect, and celebrate the Kiwi Muslim community in Aotearoa New Zealand. They are also a way for non-Muslim Kiwis to “learn about others, so that they are no longer others.”

The idea for this series was raised by Dr. Maysoon Salama of the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand, and the Ministry of Education, after the terrible events in Christchurch in March 2019, to support wellbeing and inclusion, resilience, and understanding for the Muslim community in Aotearoa.

The books are designed to be read to tamariki, by kaiako or whānau, and are intended for an audience of both Muslim and non-Muslim tamariki throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. The series has been created for those in Early Childhood settings and at Level 1 of the New Zealand Curriculum, and is aligned with both Te Whāriki and the New Zealand Curriculum.

The focus of the series is on wellbeing and resilience, and promoting unity, diversity, and inclusion – and the kaiako support materials (KSMs) incorporate these purposes into the learning discussions and activities.

Book cover with elderly woman and young girl in garden.

Aya and the Butterfly

Aya and the Butterfly is the story of a young girl who is coming to terms with losing her father, and learning that it is okay to feel sad and to miss him, while also remembering him with the help of her grandparents.

Aya and the Butterfly is accompanied by support material to assist with conversations with learners around the topics of grief and loss, and the cycle of life in general.

PDF icon. Aya and the Butterfly (PDF, 6 MB)

MP3 icon. Aya and the Butterfly – English audio (MP3, 11 MB)

PDF icon. Kaiako support material – Aya and the Butterfly (PDF, 282 KB)

in Arabic: Aya and the Butterfly
Aya and the Butterfly – Arabic text

PDF icon. Aya and the Butterfly – Arabic text (PDF, 6 MB)

MP3 icon. Aya and the Butterfly – Arabic audio (MP3, 13 MB)

PDF icon. Kaiako support material – Aya and the Butterfly arabic text (PDF, 246 KB)

Welcome Home - painted picture of a bird flying
Welcome home

When Syed the Sandgrouse becomes lost in a storm far away from his home, he has to find a way to make a new life in Aotearoa New Zealand and meets new friends to help him along his way.

PDF icon. Welcome home (PDF, 2 MB)

MP3 icon. Welcome home audio (MP3, 12 MB)

PDF icon. Kaiako support material – Welcome home (PDF, 162 KB)

Open Day at the Mosque
Open day at the Mosque

Open Day at the Mosque is the story of a typical open day celebration, narrated by a young girl from the mosque – tour the mosque and see all the different ways the open day is celebrated and shared with the wider local community.

PDF icon. Open day at the Mosque (PDF, 6 MB)

MP3 icon. Open day at the Mosque audio (MP3, 7 MB)

PDF icon. Kaiako support material – Open day at the Mosque (PDF, 199 KB)

Ko Wai Au - Who Am I?
Ko wai au? – Who am I?

A pepeha-inspired story about a young kiwi Muslim boy growing up in Waikato and the different ways that culture, food, family and friends, and his likes and dislikes combine to give him his own unique identity. 

PDF icon. Ko wai au? – Who am I? (PDF, 14 MB)

MP3 icon. Ko wai au? – Who am I? audio (MP3, 8 MB)

PDF icon. Kaiako support material – Ko wai au? – Who am I? (PDF, 184 KB)

Curriculum links

Te Whāriki

  • Principles – Relationships | Ngā Hononga, Empowerment | Whakamana, and Holistic development | Kotahitanga
  • Strands – Wellbeing | Mana atua, and Belonging | Mana whenua

New Zealand Curriculum

  • Key competencies – managing self, relating to others, participating and contributing
  • Health and Physical Education – personal growth and development, personal identity, relationships, and identity, sensitivity, and respect

Key themes/messages/purposes for the series

  • Resilience – feeling sad, and remembering, but learning to keep on going
  • Coping with change
  • Community support, healing within families and community
  • Positive stories for Aotearoa New Zealand Muslim community
  • Belonging
  • Being inclusive
  • Acceptance and tolerance of differences (rejecting prejudice and discrimination)
  • “Learning about others, so they are no longer others”
  • Trying hard, coping with rejection, and still trying hard anyway
  • Empowerment
  • Unity

Updated on: 15 Mar 2021


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