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'

 

Ānei ētahi kupu nā te waiata "Nei rā te kaupapa" e whakamārama pai ana i ōku whakaaro mō te reo...

I am a Kiwi and Te Reo Māori is one of the national languages of my country: as a citizen...

To uphold the Treaty of Waitangi...

I am a 51 year old Pākehā wahine and I have been wanting to learn te reo for some time...

To connect to my country and to support my daughters as they learn te reo as well...

You cannot share what you do not have, so i want to share a lot to nga tamariki by learning...

It’s important to me because, I am Maori and proud to be...

Because it’s important to keep this beautiful language alive, because I enjoy it, to connect with Maori culture and to...

I’m learning te reo Māori because it makes me feel connected to the motu & helps give me a kōrero...

To support my own ako and to tautoko my work environment...

I owe it to my tupuna to carry on our Reo and our Māoritanga...

I am learning Maori because it’s one of my cultures...

It's who we are and it's ours the reo the tikanga the knowledge is beautiful and as Maori we need...

It's who we are and it's ours the reo the tikanga the knowledge is beautiful and as Maori we need...

Learning Te Reo Maori, Speaking Te Reo Maori, Thinking in Te Ao Maori gives me purposes and focus to all...

I am a Dutch born Kiwi, arriving to this incredible country when I was 4 - when we first arrived,...

I grew up learning different languages from other countries growing up in New Zealand...

To support me in my mahi and my mokopuna ...

Ko Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho!...

The movement to refocus on Te Reo Maori is very important to me...

I want to learn Maori as its the language of our country...

First I started to learn haka and I realized that understanding the meanings behind Te Reo I'd understand myself, my...

Going on 23 years ago my daughters’ dad, who is Rongowhakaata, enrolled her into Te Kohanga Reo & I was...

As so much of our heritage has been hidden, so too was my knowledge of even being Maori...

I want to find out mre about my ancestor's I want to know my Maori history where I'm from what...

Te Reo is a beautiful, melodic language belonging to a culture that has much to teach us all...

Te Reo Maori language connect me to my roots, my culture and Identity...

Perhaps to inspire, enlighten and encourage someone else...

Kei te Kura Kaupapa Māori tētahi o aku mokopuna, koira taku hiahia...

i te tau o iwa tekau ma rua i hoki mai ki Aotearoa ano ...

Kia ora, It's lovely to have a language which is home grown...

ko te aha te take i ako ahau i te reo maaori, naa te mea he tino taonga e kawe...

Learning Te Reo is an issue of respect for me, it shows that I respect nga tangata and nga motu...

My mother was from the generation who were strapped at school for speaking Maori so we were admonished from speaking...

I identify as Maori and know I am Maori but feel incomplete and something missing until I am fluent in...

I attended Waikato University in 1973 and acquired my Diploma of Secondary Teaching with Honourds and started Teachining at Forest...

Te reo Māori is such a beautiful language and I believe it should be used more and more here in...

I started learning Te Reo to be included...

Kei te ako ahau i korero maori...

It’s important to me as it’s my husband’s heritage and the culture of our country...

My biggest drive is absolutely my children, mokopuna and future generations...

Because it's a beautiful language that makes Aotearoa unique...

I am learning Te Reo because it connects me to my culture...

I did it to save my wairua ...

Well I came from home where my mum and dad and their siblings all spoken te reo maori but when...

I didn't realise until I got older that I was missing part of the essence of my being māori ie;...

te reo Maori is so beautiful, it just cannot be lost, it is so important that it flourishes and needs...

I am a NZer who has recently returned home having lived in London for 24 years...

Te Reo is a big part of my story and I want to actively tell my story in the language...

I want to learn the language of the people of new Zealand I have many friends that have taken me...

I was not born or raised in New Zealand but now that I am making a home here it is...

I want to learn the language of the people of new Zealand I have many friends that have taken me...

My why is my children...

Whakapapa...

First and foremost I enjoy it, simple...

To show respect and receive respect...

Learning to speak, understand & appreciate Te reo Māori is important to me because I have a daughter & I...

Long story short: because I live in Aotearoa & I love it here...

I joined the Maori language movement because I love my culture and wanted to keep it alive even more so...

7months ago my small young family moved away from our hometown and families...

Te reo Maori is impossible to separate from who & what I am...

Being able to korero in Te Reo Maori helps to answer questions around the culture, customs, whakapapa links and give...

Even as ngāti Pākeha o Aotearoa, te Ao Māori forms part of my being...

I’ve always been incredibly interested in the culture and language itself! I’m currently doing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in...

For my Tamariki and future Mokopuna & a responsibility to Tupuna for their battles in leaving Te Reo Māori for...

I am a proud daughter sister aunty mum and nan Maori wahinetoa who thru my heritage is my identity...

I started Te reo Māori in 4th form when it was introduced as a subject at high school - I...

Kia ora! I've wanted to learn te reo Maori for years, and on the day of the Covid lockdown I...

Learning te reo Maori has been important for me since I moved here from England 14 years ago...

Te Reo is important to me because it is the heart of Maori culture...

Ko Te Reo i te arero o aku tipuna...

For whanau and the wider community...

It helps connect me to my whanau, whenua and too all who call themselves kiwis...

I love te reo as a language and see it is as a taonga we need to keep alive and...

As a Kiwi of colonial descent over the last 10 years I have been learning about our true history and...

Firstly, because it is a taonga - a very special and unique treasure in Aotearoa that has equal status to...

My why is I love the Māori way of life I love the connection to the land...

Ataahua kori...

Kia ora e te whānau nui o Te Reo...

Because Te Reo Māori is the language of this land and it’s first people...

My why in Maoridom is everything...

I am learning Te Reo because I want it to be a part of my every day language and I...

I live in Australia but I grew up in Panama Road, Otahuhu and attended Otahuhu College - 40+ years ago...

I am raro and Māori...

Our reo helps define us, like in every culture...

I am Māori, Māori is me, I need to do this not just for me but for my tamariki, my...

I am learning Te Reo because as a teacher, I want to model to my students that learning their own...

Te Reo is the language of Aotearoa...

Because I am of maori decent and I need/want to know my own culture...

Kia ora...

'Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria'...

Taha wairua! Two wai combine to form my spirit, just as two people korero to make a connection...

I grew up in Northland in the 1950s and 60s in a Pakeha family...

Kia Ora ...

I'm learning Te Reo as it is the language of my country...

I want to be part of the movement to make te reo Maori heard and understood as a normal part...

Tena koutou...

It is important to me because it is a part of my identity, my whenua, my tūpuna, my tamariki and...

I am not from New Zealand but I came 2 years ago and fell in love with place and and...

My parents emigrated here with me in the 80s...