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

Our language is a unique gift by God to humanity...

I am originally from Germany and have been living in New Zealand for almost 10 years now...

Learning Te Reo Māori isn't easy...

It is our culture and we are in a Maori Enrichment Class...

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

Te Reo is an essential part of our ongoing cultural history and one of the three official languages of our...

Kaitiaki of our differentiation as a nation...

From realm countries and the Pacific, we wahine / Kaiako at Tiny Stars passionately support Tangata Whenua to stand strong...

To learn and share the beautiful reo Maori...

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

To be part of our wonderful country...

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

Te Reo is a part of our New Zealand identity...

Te reo Māori is as important as the earth that we stand on, or the air that we breathe...

My 6yr old son goes to Te Kura o Te Teko, i want to follow his lead in using te...

Kia kore ai i rite ki te moa kia ngaro...

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

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

Ange from our Waikato team

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Uphold, celebrate, and enrich the precious taonga of Aotearoa...

Tōku Reo, Tōku Oho...

Birthright Hutt Valley Waiata

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Our reo is the voice of the land and I think its important for us to hear what the land...

Te reo Māori is part of my connection to Aotearoa, my whakapapa and identity...

It’s important for our tamariki to participate in an event that reflects the culture of Aotearoa...

To increase my te reo māori competence and to be able to korero more in class ...

for my daughter!...

Kia ora...

Here is a video of Room 21...

Ānei ngā kaiako katoa o tā mātou kura e whakamana ana i te reo Māori...

To show my support...

Te reo Māori is an integral part of our library, our community and our partnership...

Ko te reo Māori te reo tuatahi o Aotearoa...

I te tau 1842 i tae mae ōku tīpuna ki Whakatū...

Ko ako te reo to connect with the whenua I was born to, and to honour te tangata of this...

Kia whakatōmuri te haere whakamua: ‘I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on my past’...

I want all our tamariki to not only learn Te Reo but to also value why it is so important...

Taking part today, and every day moving forward is important to me for my whanau...

Because I live in Aotearoa which is where the Maori people live...

ki te tautoko i te reo maori me te whakaaro nui ki o maatau tupuna...

Taking part today, and every day moving forward is important to me for my whanau...

So that I can connect just a little bit better with my culture that is inherently Aotearoa New Zealand...

We are a school of three strands - Māori Immersion strand, Montessori strand and Original (mainstream) strand...

I was born in New Zealand but didn't have the chance to learn te reo Māori as a child in...

It is important that the use of te Reo Maori is seen as a normal part of our language and...

It is part of who we are...

Understanding Māori language, culture and values, is to understand what shapes the identity of our country...

I am originally from a multicultural country where every language is respected and loved for its uniqueness...

Te reo is unique, it is special, it is beautiful, and it is endangered...

To inspire my students and connect with my tupuna ...

To acknowledge why, how, give thanks and we make progress now and for future NZers 🙂...

My journey is just beginning I love our language our culture and is what drives me...

Ki te whakanui I tō tātou reo, me tō tātou iwi...

#MāoriLanguageWeek #WakaKotahi #TeReo #Mōrena #MāoriLanguageWeek2021...

I really want to be more knowledgeable about te reo and te ao Māori and join with like-minded people to...

All on site will take part in a Ko Wai au? Quiz...

I do this for the next generation...

It's an important part of our identity and a unique taonga to be revitalised and protected for future generations...

It's important to me to take part because this is our tāonga for future generations to embrace, handed to us...

Morena...

He wahine Māori ahau...

Te Reo me ōna tikanga is the Māori language and its customs...

Some in the office will know I have Maori heritage although it was never front of mind growing up which...

It's important to empower the language of our tangata whenua...

My family do not speak the reo and I want it to thrive within our household as it is an...

Language is an important part of culture, if we take time to learn the language we offer respect and deepen...

To celebrate and acknowledge our culture and language...

I love languages and the diversity they bring and what better language to ako than one that is unique to...

Our why is very simple - we want to celebrate the unique culture of New Zealand and recognise the importance...

Tōku reo, tōku oho-oho, Tōku reo, tōku māpihi maurea, Tōku whakakai marihi...

So that I can walk the walk with my learners and show them that we are on this Te reo...

We believe that all tamariki need to learn and be immersed in Te Reo Maori and learn about the history...

Whole school is upskilling in te reo...

Because I have always loved the culture and the history!...

To undo some of the negative effects of colonialism...

Born and bread in New Zealand it is very important to embrace the Maori the culture and being pacific island...

As a team of educators we are proactive in our aim to support the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi...

Hapu and iwi structure and well being...

I love Aotearoa New Zealand and feel so fortunate to be born in a country to parents who brought me...

Cause Te Reo is so important ...

It's so important that we embrace our taonga - Te Reo Maori - in schools so that we know the...

This is one of the special languages of NZ/Aotearoa...

I want to learn and use Maori everyday so my children can know their culture, value and help it flourish...

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