Te pae kōrero | Our why

There are many things that define New Zealanders and connect us to our home: and te reo Māori is one of them.

Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to learn te reo and see it become normalised and spoken nationwide. Explore them below and share your favourites to inspire others to get involved.


Add your 'why'

kia ora The last few years I've had a deep regret not learning Maori growing up and want to make the change today to be able to connect to myself and my whakapapa better and I believe taking this course will help me do that. I want to be able to speak my native tongue confidently and proudly. Not just make myself proud but my loved ones to present and passed

My aspiration is to be able to Karanga, have conversations with others i te reo maori and to fulfil my obligations on the Marae,

Time is unfortunately coming to an end for my kaumatua in my whanau, , and it's time for my generation to step up , to be the kaikorero to be the kaikaranga etc. My father is Tuhoe hard from Ruataahuna, , so I'm doing this for me and to represent my whanau

I want to speak on my marae, and wherever possible

I grew up in a family that had hidden their whakapapa out of shame. No one would tell us about our tupuna or what iwi we came from it was all very hush hush. My cousins and I were determined to find our way back. We each enrolled at Te Wananga and started learning te reo. It helped us to read and understand our whakapapa charts. Slowly we started to reclaim this part of ourselves that had been hidden from us. We did it so our kids would know who they are and where they come from. Now what was a struggle for us, comes so naturally for them.

Growing up as a fair looking Māori and disconnected from my Māori heritage on my mother's side had a real impact on how I felt within our world and how I saw myself. As a young girl I naturally gravitated to wanting to speak Te Reo and do Kapa Haka. Now a mother myself I am on a journey to reconnect with all things Te ao Māori for my tamariki and my future mokos. Knowing and understanding your own whakapapa is super important to overall wellbeing.

I am at the young age of 59 and have been on my Te reo hareanga for about 3 years. . Doing a little bit ako every day. I was never brought up Te reo. It was just the world back than. But since being on my hiko it as be ātaahua. I would love to be able to kōrero Māori kotahi rā. .

I'm an Early Childcare Kaiako and I would love to incorporate more Te Reo into my learning journey as well as my centre.

I want the language of my tipuna spoken in my home so my moko can grow up speaking it and pass it on to the next generation

My why is to feel whole. I have always felt somethig is missing from my life and lost, but when I sing, listen, and speak the little Maori that I know for a moment I feel whole again. I want that everyday. I want to bring it back into my family, I want my future kids to know te reo maori. I want to be an good example for my nieces and nephews.

Tipu mai awau i Rangitukia, I taua wa kaore nei koe i rongo i te reo Pakeha, me haere ki te Kura, ki te toa ranei rongo ai taua reo. I au i te kura o Rangitukia ko te reo Maori tetahi o aku tino marau. Na wai ra ka whakakorengia e te tumuaki. Mai te tau 1993 tae noa ki tenei ra Kua noho awau hei kaiako reo Maori anake. Mauriora whanau!

I am a kiwi who left NZ 30 years ago. I've recently returned and am teaching in a high school. I want to be able to pronounce my student's names correctly, sing the school waiata and understand more of the ceremonies held at school.

Over the years i have started, dropped off and then restarted again my reo journey. As I do not have speakers at home or within my work, I now know that i need to engage more with the reo through written, audio and books, t. v. These resources are now more readily avaiable and I am confident that I will have the support to whakapakari tōku reo.

For a better understanding of what it means to be Maori.

The land and the earth is directly connected to the feet we walk on. We are nature. In order to understand the Indigenous community and culture better, I wanted to learn for the betterment of connection and sustainability.

I would like to learn Te Reo Maori to connect me to the land of my birth. To help me to understand Maori Tanga. To allow me investigate seeing the world and the land in which I live now through tikanga Maori.

To bring back the Reo in my whanau and for my unborn mokopuna.

I'm an educator, and I am on a journey. A journey where I'm uncomfortable but learning. I'm learning so I can understand more deeply my part and where I fit to help with the changes that are improving Aotearoa, as the special bicultural place that it is. A place where both my own children and the ākonga I work with are empowered to be part of the change and "see" a different NZ.

To be able to understand our TUPUNA, MOKOPUNA Tō be able to speak to our TUPUNA, MOKOPUNA Grateful for our TUPUNA

I have lived in this (my new) country since 1960 - time to learn the language. ! !

My journey started when I asked my hubby how is he so grounded in who he is. He replied " I guess it helps knowing that I'm Samoan. I know my people, I know the language and I know where I'm from. Knowing this makes me feel connected". This inspired me, and my hubby encouraged me to learn my reo, and what I got in return was amazing and filled me with so much aroha and passion for our people and culture. Now, I want to help bring reo Mâori into our whanau, and normalise it for our future mokopuna. There's so much to gain and share ❤️

I can think of so many 'whys' that it's better to just say why not?

Ko te reo Māori te reo ake o Aotearoa, ā, ki a au nei he reo rangataira, he reo ātaahua. Kia kaha, akona te reo Māori.

Language and culture are deeply intertwined, reflecting our connection to the land and our distinct identity within Aotearoa. Joining the movement is my way of contributing to the resilience and revitalization of te reo Māori,