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'

 

Ko whānau he take nui rawa māku kia koorero te reo Māori...

Ki au nei, ko taku aroha mo te reo o toku mama, o oku tipuna...

No Ingarangi ahau no reira he tika te whakataukī ko te reo te taikura o te whakaaro marama...

Learning the reo will complete me...

I do it to gain knowledge and to encourage my sons to learn the heritage from there familys generations before...

Te Reo Māori is part of the culture of Aotearoa, and part of my culture as a young Māori...

kia ora ai te reo kamehameha o te whenua nei...

To feel more deeply connected to my roots!...

Be the change you want to see...

I am a Nanny to mokopuna who need to know there whakapapa if I don't tell them their mokopuna will...

Ehara ahau i te tangata noa...

Te reo Māori is a beautiful language which can open doors to a whole world of knowledge/mātauranga Māori...

It’ is my right to speak reo maori 😍 to speak reo maori I have to learn te reo maori...

Kia ora ano e te whanau o Taura Whiri i te reo Maori...

To me, Te reo is such a beautiful language and I feel a great sense of pride when it is...

My Dads wish before he passed away a few weeks ago was to learn Māori, he spent his younger years...

Whanau is most important to me...

It's what connects me to being Māori, it's my language so I have a responsibility to ensure it lives on...

Te reo Māori and to te āo Māori is what makes New Zealand unique in the world...

Aotearoa is a bilingual country...

Te Reo is more than just a language...

Tō tātou Reo Rangatira is the language of my parents, and their mokopuna...

Because Te Reo Maori is a beautiful language and not only be fought for but should be thriving...

Te reo Māori is a taonga belonging in Aotearoa...

I want to be part of bringing back an important language so that we can all enter the world of...

I am a 65 yr old Maori woman unable to speak my own language...

I am urban Maori raised in an English speaking household...

Because Te Reo is unique to New Zealand, I am personally proud as a Pakeha to share this proviledge...

Tēna tātou kua hikina ahau i tēnei wero kia kaha rangona aku tamariki i te Reo Māori e rere ana...

As an Irish person I am aware of the struggles involved in keeping our native language alive and allowing it...

I am a Pakeha woman, born in London, England in 1942...

Nga mihi Kia koutou katoa ...

Respecting the reo of New Zealand and learning...

I’m a teacher and for me it’s about living the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi...

Myself and my little whānau live in Australia, I have had to keep myself up to date with my reo...

E ngakau nui rawa atu ahau ki te ako I tò tatou reo me òna tikanga...

I am very proud when I hear Te Reo Maori being spoken, so I will endeavour to use it as...

Ko te reo te Mauri o te mana Maori...

My mokos are my why!...

Ko Michelle toku ingoa...

Te Reo Maori is our Language We need to make sure that it is here for the future Generations to...

I really want to try to gain confidence to speak, pronounce & understand some Te Reo...

Because after working with both ends of child development from birth to adolescents, ive seen the affects that lack of...

Te reo Māori is a taonga we all need to nurture and grow...

I am a New Zealander of European origin (several generations back ) and I have made several failed attempts to...

Preservation and revitalisation of Te Reo Māori is most important to me for the future generations to come...

Arohatia te reo Māori rangatira...

Language is the key to understanding a culture...

As a New Zealander I feel a deep sense of responsibility to help retain our cultural, spiritual and natural heritage...

I want to show my students that I'm learning Te Reo Māori from them and alongside them...

My why is for my children and grandchildren...

I WANT TO HONOUR TE TIRITI O WAITANGI AS AN IMMIGRANT TO THIS COUNTRY...

Aotearoa's National Language...

He taringa, he reo, he whatu mō aku tamariki, mō ōku hapū, mō ōku iwi otirā he kanohi mō ngā...

My why is to show that even though I am not Māori, I am able to respect and willing want...

Te reo Māori is a beautiful language...

To embrace and enjoy Māori spoken everyday...

Both my partner and myself grew up with little te reo in our whare...

Because Te Reo is so important and our tamariki need to hear it and speak it more for the language...

Naa ngaa atua i takoha mai he reo moo taatau te iwi Maaori hei koorero...

My ancestors sailed here in the biggest ocean on the planet, and risked their lives for their vision of a...

Because I believe te reo Maori and the wide spread of it is important to all New Zealand citizens...

I akō au I tāku kaiako e Putputi ā Te Wānunga ō Aotearoa...

Kia ora e te whānau o Te Wā Tuku Reo Māori...

Learning and understanding Te Reo Maori completes who I am...

Kia ora...

The more people that speak te reo the better for the future!...

Kia tau te wairua 💙...

I believe that speaking te reo Māori honours Māori people in Aotearoa and the people that came before them...

Te reo has allowed me to gain a greater understanding of te ao Māori and it's relationship with the whenua,...

I am non Māori but I love the language...

It's just the logical and right thing to do!...

It's a chance to recognise and mark the way things are, how they have been and to look to the...

I want to take part to inspire rangatahi, especially my students and to lead by example...

E arohatia ana mātou Te Reo Māori me ona Tikanga i ngā wā katoa...

Tēna koutou e te whanau i tēnei kaupapa ...

It's one of our official languages and as its the indigenous one I want to be part of the solution...

To honour our Tūpuna by keeping our Reo alive forever...

To make the most of having a nation wide network to inspire and use Reo and waiata to learn and...

I think te reo maori is beautiful and as New Zealanders it’s part of our uniqueness and heritage...

I think what made taking part was that we want Te Reo Maori to be our new normal in our...

If I don't take action then I am doing injustice to my language and to my people...

I want to help keep our language, our culture alive for our kids :)...

Kei te ako ahau i te reo Māori ki te Wānanga o Aotearoa, ka haere tonu ahau ki tōku haerenga...

I am learning to speak my native younger as my mother's side of the family is twelve generations of maori...

Language defines us...

It is important to take part as a way of embracing my culture and te ao maori making it a...

I've always wanted to learn Te Reo...

It is important to learn and understand our language and our culture as New Zealanders...

E pupiri ana ahau te whakaaro nei, he tāonga tuku iho mā tātou tūpuna...

Since I have arrived in Aotearoa / New Zealand from Germany I have been very much intrigued/ fascinated by Maoridom...

I was born into a bilingual home; I know that my reo Pakeha became dominant, because that is what we...

Kia ora, I'd love to learn more of our reo I was one of those who's mama and papa who...

I work in an area that is on a voyage to be more culturally aware, safe, responsible...

I am passionate about learning Te Reo Maori...

I was lucky enough to have te reo Māori as part of school and having returned from UK I am...

It is important for me to take part because I moved here 5 years ago from Canada to study teaching...

To lead by example...

It's one of our official languages and as its the indigenous one I want to be part of the solution...

I have a new mokopuna and I choose to only speak to her in Te Reo...