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'

 

its about stepping up to do the best I can , as an example for the wahine I work with...

Because it is a beautiful language and is fun to learn...

Ko tōku reo, tōku ohooho; tōku reo, tōku mapihi maurea; tōku reo, tōku whakakai marihi...

I feel it is important for me to increase my skills in Te Reo Maori...

Embracing Te Reo Maaori is part of a shared journey that enriches all of our lives and our communities...

It is important to raise awareness and learn about our culture, history and language...

I think I should be one 'in five million' speaking te reo in this country...

To acknowledge who I am...

Te Reo is our heritage...

It's important to me to take part, and encourage the ākonga and Kaiako in my centre to do so as...

It's important because te reo Māori is an official language of New Zealand...

Ko toku reo, no te kainga e ngaro haere ana te mita o taku turangawaewae...

I want to promote and encourage others to learn and use Te Reo...

Watching BLM and doing some of my own work on being white made me realise I need to take more...

I'm Maori and can't speak enough te reo Maori...

It is our language, it is us...

I feel the revival has been a progressive but slow burn...

I’m an early childhood teacher and I think this is so incredibly important and awesome...

It is important to value Te Reo Maori - New Zealand is the only country in the world that can...

It's important to embrace the Maori culture, since moving back to NZ I think it's time to get back to...

I have just moved to Auckland as a Primary Teacher and work in a school which has taught me so...

It's important because I wish to have a better understanding of the culture and tongue...

te reo Maori to me...

It is important to take part because we need to treasure our languages...

Because te reo should be heard and spoken in new zealand everyday...

Fostering the culture and learning about ourselves and others...

Because Te Reo is a taonga that must not be lost and as Kiwis I would love to see in...

It's important to be a part of keeping Te Reo alive in its country and to champion diversity and inclusion...

Because I am New Zealand European and of Ngāi Tahu descent, and am on a journey of discovering my identity,...

Kia Ora whānau,...

As part of being and Early Childhood Teacher we use Maori in our daily practice...

Hei tautoko i te kaupapa kia rere ai te reo i ngā wāhi katoa o te motu...

I believe and support the goals that Kia Kaha Te Reo Maori are aiming to achieve and I want to...

As highlighted te reo Maori is unique...

I'm not a crowd person - but this is an exceptional situation...

As a Māori (by nurture) and a New Zealander, I believe that it is important that we acknowledge our first...

As a white Australian, with English/Irish/Scottish/German ancestry, it's very important for me living in this country of Aotearoa to tautoko...

As a speaker of Scots Gaelic, I understand the importance of the connection between language and land...

I plan to play this Playlist in my classroom so my tamariki can learn these waiata and sing along...

Ko wai a Ranginui?...

Learning much later in life that you still are looking for a true sense of belonging, only realising it was...

I am a proud New Zealander and I want to contribute to keeping the language alive...

This is my why, my Mokopuna whose first language is Te Reo Maaori and I am learning to try to...

He waka tohorā tōkī waka...

I am a kiwi, I was born and bred here in Aotearoa...

I believe Te Reo is vital in Aotearoa...

Keep the reo alive!...

I’ve always said I will call in and spend a day or so with mokopuna I can’t invite others because...

My tīpuna gave up the reo in order to survive...

im proud to be of Maori descendant...

Kia ora e te iwi I am an instructor and adult educator based at Hawkes Bay Regional Prison...

Kia mataara!...

My tamarikis ...

Kia rangona te Reo Māori ki Aotearoa whānui!...

Part of being Pākehā is speaking Māori...

I want to do my part and learn Te Reo...

So that I can talk to my mokos in the reo...

I feel robbed of our language, which should be as fluently used in Aotearoa as English...

For my boys

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Paul - Wellington ...

Kia Kaha te Reo! Kia Toa!

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Zion...

Ewan - Auckland...

I find whakatauki help me to focus on important aspects of life and enjoy learning new ones...

Te Reo is unique to NZ and we should embed it in our ways of communicating and connecting...

Te Reo is our 1st language in Aotearoa...

Kia kaha te reo Māori!

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love being in te ao maori I don't have a lot of involvement with te ao maori, but my wairua...

We want to be part of this movement to raise awareness of the language to our children and their whanau...

I think it is important to use the native language of Aotearoa as often as I can so the tamariki...

I think the more we do things like this, the more we normalise the reo...

Because Maori is a important part of this country and it needs to be more widely known

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Even though I have been unable to speak the reo, I want to support this kaupapa...

As a preschool whanau we are working really hard to improve our use of te reo Māori in order to...

My children are maori and fijian and it believe its appropriate that i learn more and take it in and...

Keep our language alive It is an official language of NZ We have been learning some reo

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As a teacher in this country, I want to make sure that I am respecting the Tangata Whenua and te...

Because growing up my father who is fluent in te reo never taught us as when he was young it...

Cuz my friend told me to

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Commitment to Maori - one of our organisations core values...

As a pakeha, it is important for me to stand for and empower the language of Aotearoa...

To be part of our team of 5 million and learn more about our native language

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My eyes have been well and truly opened to the opportunities for NZ to treat Te Ao Maori as the...

I enjoy Waiata and have been part of a group for several years...

It's important to me to take part and celebrate our ataahua language and encourage people to feel comfortable in having...

kia ora e hoa ma I have been interested in learning te reo Maori for over 30 years...

because I value and want to tautoko the renaissance of te reo maori here in Aotearoa

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Culture shapes our identity and influences our behaviors...

I am trying to broaden my knowledge and understanding to help support my relationships and cultural understanding better...

After having our culture almost fully taken away from us, I believe that it is so important for us to...

I believe that all kiwis should embrace the history and culture of our nation...

This is important as Te Reo was neglected for many years but we can all be part of the journey...

This needs to become a mainstream language

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It's the first and native language of Aotearoa and my husband and kids are Māori...

It's so important to keep the language alive for the future...

For my tamariki ❤️❤️

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Signing up is the new way to show support for te reo with our fingers instead of our feet -...

He mea mīharo tō tātou reo, tō tātou ahurea...

I want to understand more about the Maori culture and I think learning some basics of the language is a...

This is our culture and our heritage!

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