I want to learn Maori as its the language of our country.I want to learn Maori as its the language of our country. Literally, in the case of Maori placenames, which my Mother was able to translate, and occasionally this indicated a local legend. I also think it would be fun to hold conversations with fellow Kiwis overseas that no-one else could understand. Already its probably possible to go into a pub and call out "E tu!" thus locating fellow Kiwis when they automatically stand up!