A poem about pēpi is something unique and beautiful, telling the story of how they joined their whānau, and how their parents' and whānau felt. This enables whānau to explore feelings and support bonding with pēpi.

Why do it?

  • It’s an opportunity to create something personal for baby in just a few minutes.
  • It’s an opportunity for parents to explore their feelings with a friend.
  • Thinking about baby as a person early helps to build a positive relationship.

How to do it

Sit with a friend (or write the poem by yourself).

  1. Think of 1 word that relates to your chosen topic.
  2. Your friend adds 2 words that follow the first word.
  3. Think of 3 more words that relate to the topic.
  4. Your friend adds 2 more words.
  5. Finish the poem with 1 word.

An example:

  • Excited
  • About possibilities
  • When you arrive
  • Lovely little
  • One

Using more reo Māori

Te reo Māori English
To write
Kotahi te kupu One word
E rua ngā kupu Two words
E toru ngā kupu Three words
E rima ngā rarangi Five lines
Love, affection, compassion, empathy
Hear, smell, feel
to desire, wish for
To show affection for
Support, take care of, protect