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'

 

As Rosie Remmerswaal said, "Kāore ōku toto Māori, engari ko Aotearoa te whenua i whakatipu mai i a au" -...

I wrote this on a facebook site (about the Treaty and Bible which seeks to discuss and resolve issues): Been...

I'm maori so want to learn my language to understand my tipuna and the history of aotearoa...

It is fundamental to who we are...

I am bicultural Maori and European...

I really want to learn correct pronunciation and usage...

So I can share what my children are learning at school and daycare...

Whilst I don't think that I whakapapa Māori, by children do through their fathers...

I take part because of my obligations for reconciliation under Te Tiriti o Waitangi...

I think it is important for us all to have a basic understanding of Te Reo ...

My why is my whanau - I continue to try to include maori in my "everyday" as I feel it...

I grew up in Auckland not surrounded by the reo...

Tēnā koutou, I whānau mai au i tēnei whenua...

It is important to me to learn Te Reo Māori because I would love to be able to understand it...

Te reo Māori is unique and precious and I love learning how to pronounce it as best I can with...

Teaching and learning te reo Māori is important because our vision is that all children will grow up strong in...

Kia ora, my answer is simple...

Kia ora...

For me, being a New Zealander means knowing, understanding and respecting our past...

I think learning te reo is a positive step towards healing the harm that has occurred in our history...

I want to learn more the REO Māori Language...

I started because I'd lived overseas and learned another language fluently and it seemed like a good idea to learn...

I started my reo journey so that when the time comes I will be able to teach my mokopuna...

For myself and for my moko...

What drives me is living in Whakatu where there is very little Te Reo Māori spoken, and wanting to see...

I wanted to learn Te Reo and Tikanga Māori so I can understand more about Māoti and pay my respect...

Its uniquely ours...

I work in ece, and have found majority of tamariki Māori are attending english-medium services...

Tēnā koe...

It's our indigenous language (taonga) - good role modelling for my tamariki - I want to learn more...

I believe it is important to learn the indigenous Language and cultural practices of the land that we stand on...

I've been learning Te Reo for 4 years now - attending weekly classes with a bunch of like minded people...

The world plays rugby football, goes to ballet, makes fine wine...

As a new migrant to this country (been there 3 years now), it's very important for me to discover and...

It is important for me because my tupuna had the reo taken from them and I want to learn it...

It's a sense of belonging, part of who we are, it's a much calmer and peaceful way of doing everyday...

When I was young My grandfather spoke Te Reo, I thought all grandfathers spoke the reo...

Because Māori is who I am...

I started a course at Polytech this year in Health and wellbeing...

To increase my kete of knowledge...

Kia tangata whenua anō ai te reo ki te arero! ...

It is important to be part of the Maori movement as I missed out on learning te reo when I...

I am a Pākehā mother of Māori tāne...

I believe that we as a people have a good understanding of what has happened to us unfairly and under...

Last year I studied Tikanga level 3 with TWOA and this year I'm studying level 2 & 3 Te Reo...

Kia ora I love the language, as I'm a Early Childhood teacher...

I started my journey in 2011 & still on the journey, I love speaking & learning Te Reo & everything...

To feel closer to my tipuna, to know myself...

It is important to me as it will empower me by giving me confidence in learning Te reo...

He wāhine Hāmoa ahau...

Kia Ora! I’m learning te reo vocabulary so I can share it with my international students in ESOL class...

I love te reo Māori, it is the language of my people and it is who I am...

I want to embrace the culture of my adoptive country...

I’d often wished I had another language to share with my tamariki and there is and I just need to...

For me it is about connecting to a perspective on life and learning that we know exists, but don't seem...

In the 1970’s I was part of a group of educators (Maori and pakeha) who wanted to have Te reo...

As a New Zealander, I believe te reo Māori is important for all New Zealanders...

It's what is right, what my heart wants to do...

Nga mihi mahana kia koutou, I wanted to briefly share my appreciation for your kaupapa...

For much of my early life especially, I was penalised for being Maori and successful...

Kia Ora, my journey in Te Reo began 18yrs ago when my middle daughter attended a primary school that labeled...

for myself as well as for my tamariki and mokopuna...

Because its my whakapapa my right to speak my language without any problems...

My Tamariki...

It is a love movement - let's love on our country and hear this precious gift being used...

I have always wanted to korero fluently in Maori...

I would love to go back to my marae and be able to understand what is being said, as a...

This is who we are and it's time to give our indigenous language a stronger voice...

Its my turangawaewae who I am and where and I'm from ...

I struggled with my identity growing up being half maori and half euro/slav...

I left Aotearoa for 35 years and coming home, learning the Reo was the best way to celebrate the manawa...

My dad is Māori so i support him as in that culture...

Learning Te Reo is part of expanding my own culture...

Te Reo and Te Ao Maori are fundamental to all that we do here in Aotearoa...

Maori is a beautiful language and ive always wanted to learn...

Important to promote and keep te reo Maori alive...

Te reo rangatira e...

It’s important for me to take part because growing up I never learnt Te Reo...

I've just had a daughter and more than ever I want her to grow up acknowledging her maori whanaunga...

As an educator I believe it's part of my commitment to the Tiriti o Waitangi to korero mai and play...

Because Te reo Maori is an important part of NZ...

It so is important to be apart of this kaupapa because Our Reo Our Te Ao Māori was taken from...

I'm a kiwi, Te Reo Māori is an official language of my country, yet I can't speak it...

I have for years ignored my tikanga because of the lifestyle I inhabited I cared little for my Whenua at...

I love languages and having migrated from Malaysia 3 years ago I think you should know Maori to live in...

I want to hear te reo maori being spoken everywhere, not just at wananga and kura...

I never got the chance to know my roots my culture outlet te reo I wann be able pass that...

Naaku tamariki...

Promote our beautiful language...

It is who we are! ...

Want to continue my hikoi into te reo and understand more when at the pā, and for e tama mā...

To strengthen our identity as tangata whenua in Aotearoa and to share the beauty of our reo ...

Because I would love to teach the up and coming generations of what I was taught from my tupuna...

Whilst I am not of Maori descent my husband and baby boy are...

My taua never got to speak te reo Māori, so I will for her...

Supporting growth in culture ...

I was born in NZ and I feel that it is essential for us as a nation to embrace our...

To feel connected to my culture and Te Reo...

I was born in NZ and I feel that it is essential for us as a nation to embrace our...