Te pae kōrero | Who's joined

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'

 

My why is my whanau my tamariki ...

As an immigrant coming from a far away land, I have started to realize that many countries that got colonized,...

I want to see all my whānau honour the Treaty through learning Te reo Māori, tikanga, Te Ao & a...

I work as a coordinator and my work is to connect people of different communities sono would like to enhance...

Wāhine Māori...

I have lived my whole life in Aotearoa, I need to learn Te Reo in order to embrace my identity...

I'm learning te reo for my kids and myself...

I’m now a Nana at 50 and it brings me joy that it’s never to late to learn and participate...

Tēnā koe ...

I feel like I want to really connect with my New Zealand roots...

to honour my ancestors and it is a part of who I am...

It’s about the Kia KAHA Te reo I nga wa KATOA ...

It just feels right for me now...

I have been trying to learn te reo rangatira because:...

I want to feel more connected to my country Aotearoa, in every way possible, and to show gratitude to each...

Tēnā tātou...

I want to speak Te Reo because it's the original language of my country...

to confidently participate in te ao Māori, I ensured my boys were nurtured in te ao Māori now I want...

E tika ana te kōrero o ōku tupuna: Toku reo, toku ohooho...

I am driven to learn Maori because it is part of me It will take me a long time but...

Last year, my why was not to feel so whakama about not speaking Te Reo Māori...

Kia ora ko Andrea toku ingoa ...

Respect our own country's culture...

He tōiriiri ki au te reo Māori...

For the team at Dunstan Educare it is vital for us to be role-modeling Te Reo Maori, and to be...

I want to understand the reo of my tūpuna, and pass it on to my tamariki...

Im not 100% sure why Ive dedicated a huge part of my life to te reo, however, I was just...

Tooku Reo tooku ohooho tooku Reo tooku mapihi maurea ~ I am currently on my Te Reo journey at TWoA,...

Firstly, gratitude to the Land that welcomed my family and I with open arms...

I didn't know much about this language, until I met a guy from NZ ...

I am learning te reo because it is such a huge part of being a kiwi and our cultural identity...

I want it back because it reminds me of my grandmother and I want to connect with my roots more...

I'm on a journey to learn te reo Māori so I can better serve Māori in my mahi (digital communications)...

The last 8 years I have learnt from many resources ie, kaumatua, all my friends, I enrolled online to a...

I want to share my culture and language with my grandchildren...

Whats my why? My why is because I was adopted to a pakeha whānau who knew that learning our culture...

I am learning te reo to be a better example for my children and the generations ahead in our whakapapa...

It is vital that I learn Te Reo Maori because I am employed by a Maori Organisation here in NZ,...

My grand children are learning Maori and have inspired me...

Continuing on my Reo Maori journey is important for my job working with kohungahunga in a childcare...

Ko te reo Māori te kākaha o te whakaaro, te huarahi i te ao tūroa...

I need to show how proud I am and how lucky we are to have our own native language...

It's important to honour and respect our first people, to try to make things better after the ugly colonisation that...

The taonga that is te reo Māori can be a living gift to our future generations if we all become...

When I was 6 years old I watched Lord of the Rings for the first time and fell in love...

I'm a first generation NZer and proud to be part of this beautiful whenua with its rich and spiritual heritage...

It is one of our country's national language, we need to normalise it's use...

Because I want to be at my Marae, listening to the stories of the days gone past and of the...

I am not Tāngata Whenua but Aotearoa is my home...

As a pākeha, it is my responsibility to not repeat the harm that my tīpuna created - out of ignorance...

I want to be able to understand and speak (albeit a little) of the language out of respect for tangata...

Like so many other people my age we were taught that we needed to discard our Māori identity in order...

I have always felt a connection with, and great pride in Aotearoa's Māori heritage...

Learning te Ao Māori is for me being a complete New Zealander, ngā mihi ki a koutou...

Te Reo Māori is apart of me myself and I...

Sociologically, Maori is our indigenous language so we need to protect and nurture it...

My answer is...

This is the reo of this whenua, this whenua has nurtured tōku whānau for 5 generations...

Kia ora, Kaore au i te maia...

Kia ora...

I am a polyglot - someone who enjoys learning to speak other languages...

E kore matou e ngaro ana to tatou reo i te mea oku nei whakaaro e ki mai te tiriti...

As an early childhood teacher, to honour our bicultural curriculum its so important our mokopuna are surrounded by te reo...

I want us to be a community who works together and understands each other, respects each other...

My great-grandmother kept her mātauranga like a secret as she wished to live as pākeha in her time...

Kia Ora as a Te Tiriti treaty partner and some one who has Maori and European ancestors...

My why is that I would like to be a part of making sure we don't lose our Māori language...

Really only discovered my Māori ancestry while at Teacher's training college...

It helps me understand ko wai au...

For our future...

Unuhia te rito o te harakeke, kei whea te kōmako e kō? Whakatairangitia - Rere ki uta, rere ki tai;...

Why I chosen to learn my own language again, now that I have my own tamariki and that they go...

It's my birth right to speak the language of my ancestors...

It's a giant part of who I am and where I come from, it's part of my whakapapa - even...

He taonga te Reo; na te mea e hiahia ana ahau ki te maarama Ngā mea nui ki Maori ;...

I dont want our beautiful reo to be lost, our tikanga our who we are to be lost...

it's important to me because my mother was punished for speaking Māori and if I don't learn and encourage my...

I love learning te reo...

Learning Te Reo Māori to enhance myself with better understandings, teaching my babies our beautiful language, making sure we embrace,...

As a Pakehaa born In Aotearoa - Te Reo Maaori has a special place in my heart and soul...

I moved to Aotearoa from England in 2005...

I want Maaori to be widely spoken...

Its about remembering growing up with a Nan that spoke in te reo - so understanding reo is easier than...

Nā te mea e pirangi ana au i te tuhi I ngā waiata i roto i te reo rangatira rawa...

I am definitely part of the Te Reo Movement because I did not learn Maori growing up...

Te reo Māori has uplifted and strengthened my Māori identity and my wairua...

Toi te kupu, Toi te mana, Toi te whenua...

I'm American and have lived in New Zealand for 23 years...

My blood is red, my skin is white...

I'm learning Te Reo because I live in a bicultural country with two spoken languages, and so far I'm only...

Aotearoa is my adopted home: Although I wasn't born here, I want to embrace the taonga of te reo...

Tena koe, ko Gill toku ingoa...

To experience the wonders of another world, hidden in plain sight...

Kia tangata whenua anoo ai too taatou reo...

He reo aroha, tohaina tenei reo aroha ...

My grandmother's generation were forced to speak a language that wasn't theirs...

I’m Pākehā so I will always feel like a guest in Aotearoa...

Maaori is a beautiful language that's embedded within a beautiful culture steeped in values of respect, inclusion, integrity and aspiration...

Te reo Maori enables me to connect...

I am 57 years old, a 5th generation Pākeha tane, ( i love being called Pākeha, i am definitely NOT...