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'

I want to part of the movement that normalises and practices Te Ao Māori on a daily basis; I want...

My Nana said they used to get the cane everyday at school for speaking Mа̄ori...

I remember when I was 9 years old, and the idot Goverment at the time stopped Te Reo Māori being...

My dream is to kōrero māori i ngā wa katoa...

It is important to me to learn to speak my language, learn my culture and share what i am learning...

My why is to embrace and re-ignite what was lost and discover and express the beauty of te ao Māori...

To learn this beautiful language and understand the culture, i did one year at Te Wananga learning but i feel...

My why is to learn Te Reo and pass it on to our future generations...

I have reconnected with my language to tautoko my Husband and daughter and connect with there whakapapa...

Because language is fundamental to culture and if Te Reo thrives Māori will thrive - that is good for all...

Kia ora, ...

my son is Maori and grew up in Hokianga...

I want to be part of this because te reo is rich and beautiful, because it carries and imprints the...

o me te reo Māori is a precious native species that must not go extinct...

Kia whakapikia te hauora ai o taku whānau...

If we can understand a language, we can also understand a culture...

Mā tōku reo e mōhiotia atu ai e te ao ko wai ahau, nō whea ahau...

I love to learn a new language...

I am a teacher who tries her best to teach basic Te Reo to my students...

Ko toku reo, te pou e whakaatu ana i te mata o toku ngakau...

Arahoe Team Teina are paddling our waka under the banner of our school whakataukī 'He waka eke noa' to support...

Te Reo is an important part of who we are and the value it places on the Maori people is...

Te reo Māori was the first language spoken in our country...

I love languages and words...

We want to take part to celebrate the beautiful indigenous language of New Zealand...

We are committed to te reo Māori and kaupapa and have just employed a Director - Ngā Toi Māori to...

Ahakoa he iti he pounamu...

Kia ūkaipō te reo Māori ki ngā kāinga, kia tupu te hiahia me te ngākau nui a Aotearoa whānui ki...

Encouraging my students to share their learning of te reo Maori, to normalise te reo Māori, to be the change...

Hei whakakoakoa i te reo mo nga reanga katoa...

Ko te reo maori te reo o aku tipuna no Aotearoa...

We are committed to te reo Māori and kaupapa and have just employed a Director - Ngā Toi Māori to...

We are always striving to develop our te reo Māori and as a school feel that the more we integrate...

Na te mea Te Tiriti me tōku arohanui mo te tangata o te whenua...

Ki te whakamana i te reo Maori hei reo mo nga reanga katoa...

I love to learn Te Reo Maori...

Kia ora koutou katoa...

It is important to me to learn Te Reo Māori because I believe that in doing this is pay respect...

Te reo Maori is a taonga, that helps to revitalise the identity for Maori people, my humble appreciation goes to...

Te Reo is important to us Kiwis and Speaking Te Reo is important everywhere so I think everyone should speak...

We celebrated as a team by asking each other how we were feeling in te reo Māori before playing a...

I think it is what makes Aotearoa (NZ) unique...

Kotahitanga...

I love Te Reo Maori it is my passion I have done level 2 and level 4 Te Ara Reo...

Important as our identity as people and future generations of Aotearoa...

It ultimately fills my wairua cup reconnecting with our culture and people...

Ko te AROHA, te matapono o Foxton Primary School, Te Kura o Te Awahou...

As a kindy whanau we treasure te reo Maori and include it in our day to day interactions and Waiata...

To help ensure our language continues to grow...

Language is a tāonga!...

Te Reo is a tāonga and it is our duty to protect it...

Revitalisation of our reo is paramount...

I am a perennial language student and have completed Te reo Level 2 and am interested in anything to do...

It is one of the three official languages of Aotearoa New Zealand...

Too revitalise our reo, culture Te Ao Maaori...

Trying to learn another beautiful language...

Kia ora...

Because it is the right thing to do...

He Taonga tuku iho e rere ngaa mokopuna ...

continue to grow together uniquely...

It is one of the three official languages of Aotearoa New Zealand...

Te reo is the language of Aotearoa and we should all be part of the revitalisation...

I want to honour and celebrate Māori as tāngata whenua...

I want to honour and celebrate Māori as tāngata whenua...

Learning and speaking Te Reo helps me connect with the Taiao and Whenua that we call 'Home'...

Kia ora koutou...

Te Ao Māori should be important to all kiwis - its the foundations of NZ...

Growing up , Māori unfortunately was not used often , as a Māmā of three I would love my own...

To support a resurgence ...

Part of embracing and engaging in the culture of my new home - Aotearoa...

Out of respect for our adopted home...

"Ko Te Reo te Mauri o te Mana Māori"...

Te reo Māori is the language of Aotearoa...

Because Te Reo is our Native Language...

Because being Maori Matters...

By learning Te Reo Māori I am showing a commitment to a country which has provided me and my whānau...

I lived in Australia for 10 years, no te reo was spoken there...

It's important to support the revitalisation of Te Reo Māori for the coming generations...

A truly Beautiful Language...

I may not be maori but that wont stop me from trying to learn...

To be proud as a citizen of Aotearoa and be part of the unique Maori culture...

25 years ago, at teachers colleges, I learned how important teo Māori is to Āotearoa...

It is important for everyone to learn the culture of our country...

To promote Te Reo Maori in our workplace...

Keeping a language alive is important to keep the roots of a culture alive...

Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao will waiata...

More nga taonga mokopuna...

I want to learn because its such a beautiful language and also it is rude not to...

We are committed to te reo Māori and kaupapa and have just employed a Director - Ngā Toi Māori to...

As a kaiako, I want to add to my kete of knowledge...

I began learning te reo in the 1950s and as a pakeha was considered by 0ther pakeha as strange...