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.


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For our reo to be normalised, practiced and spoken for our tamariki mokopuna for many years to come...

Kia ora - as a Pākehā New Zealander, my why in learning Te Reo is to acknowledge my role as...

Keeping te reo strong is important to me and my whānau, to celebrate and connect to our heritage...

We are all from our own unique cultures and highly value cultural diversity...

He kupu tuku iho ki tēnei reanga, whakarongo…...

"Amohia ake te ora, ka puta ki te whei Ao...

I want to be part of the change and be a driver of change, doing my part...

Passionate to learn te reo Māori with a great team of people...

We would like to be a part of the moment to celebrate the Maori language week and would like to...

Too much of this beautiful reo has been lost and I want to encourage my fellow pākehā to be part...

To further develop the meaning of being a kiwi...

As kaiako to our early childhood tamariki, we feel it is important for all of them to see, hear and...

I want to expand my knowledge of te reo Māori alongside my daughter who is learning beautiful waiata at school...

Onehunga Primary School Pepeha https://docs...

We understand that we can break the record for having our beautiful language celebrated all in a single moment...

It is important to me because it is who I am...

He taonga tuku iho Te Reo Māori...

Because it is such a beautiful language...

On going learning Te Reo enhances both personal knowledge and development and is important and vital to keep teaching practice...

Māori was made an official language of New Zealand under the Maori Language Act 1987...

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

As a migrant, I want to learn more about the Māori culture and history, as I make Aotearoa my home...

To ensure our tamariki have a chance to learn and love te reo Māori...

Kia tautokotia te kaupapa whai tikanga!...

Its important that I take part, as this is part of my history and to make te reo maori a...

It's important to me and my whanau simply because it is us it also reminds me of what our tupuna...

He reo rangatira, he reo arahi i ngā uri whakatupu...

Ensuring tamariki home languages & cultures are visible in ECE is important for whanau & tamariki learning & development...

To spread the word, engage people of all backgrounds in the language and culture of Aotearoa and encourage people to...

I want to help grow the the reo in Aotearoa ...

I dream of living in a community where te reo Māori thrives...

I am part of the million that is writing the history of revival of the language of the whenua...

this is my marae te paku o te rangi putiki wharanui i would to love to share this all about...

It is my cultural identity and makes me who I am...

We are an early learning centre, and to incorporate te reo Maori in our everyday practices, is part of our...

Continute the development of te reo within our schools so it is not lost...

We are a bicultural country and it is the responsibility of every New Zealander to learn te reo maori...

To continue our journey as a school that acknowledges our bicultural partnership as detailed in Te Tiriti o Waitangi...

Kia kaha te reo Māori!...

For our Maori tamariki to have success in their learning, to be aware of each others identity, to be aware...

Kia ora e hoa ma...

Proud to speak Maori...

Because this is Te Reo Tūturu o tēnei whenua...

Kua whakahokia taku reo ki au me kōrero au me whakarongo hoki!...

I’m so lucky to be able to be made to feel included through experiencing the language like this...

Kia ora tonu ai tō tātou reo!...

To respect and honour tangata whenua...

It is important to take part to share with our tamariki the importance of culture, identity and ultimately Te Ao...

kia kaha te reo Māori!...

It’s time...

Kia ora...

Naa te reo o te kainga, o ngaa mantua tuupuna te take e ngaakau nui ana ahau ki too taatou...

As a Pākehā born in Aotearoa, I want to know the true history of our country, including its first language...

Deepen our understanding of this beautiful land, and bond the community together through te reo Māori...

My mokopuna and my love for our language...

To ground myself and my babies...

On going learning of this beautiful language ...

It takes one generation to lose a language and three to get it back...

Because enough has been lost...

To empower myself as Maori...

Ahakoa he uri tauiwi ahau, he tino whakaute tāku ki te whenua...

My husband and children are Māori and I believe it is important for them to know their language so that...

Tīhei Mauri Ora!...

Because as a Maori that is disconnected from her own culture its something that I need to participate in if...

Ki te kōrerotia, ka ora te reo...

Its an important part of my culture that I wasn't bought up on, I feel that I have missed out...

Because this is my country and this is the language of my country...

I want to show the kids in my class that we are all equals and can all learn off each...

As a migrant New Zealander, kaupapa Maori has supported me in finding my identity in this world...

Why ...

I’m not alone in that I want to learn more about the history and identity of Aotearoa...

To learn alongside my students...

I am learning Te Reo Māori to support my husband's Te Reo journey and to ensure my daughter grows up...

Its a beautiful language that needs to be protected and I do my best to live and breathe it in...

I want to be able to kōrero Māori to help me connect me with my whakapapa...

As an Irish citizen living in NZ I know the value of having your native language ...

It's important to me, It's my entitlement, my birthright and bloodline...

Passionate about honouring TTOW...

Our language and whakapapa were passed down from our tupuna before us ...

To learn so i can share this knowledge with my whanau and to korero with others...

To promote the beauty of our Reo, instill in my tauira a love and passion for learning their native tongue...

Kei te hia ako ahau te reo o toku tupuna...

It’s my birth right to know the reo and this was taken away from me, my matua and my koro...

I embrace my identity as 5th generation Pakeha...

it is important to take part because this is our native language and protecting it is our duty...

To extend and acknowledge my te reo journey and highlight the importance of te ao Maori ...

As a kaiako in ECE I feel it is our role to empower tamariki and whānau to have mana in...

Kia rongohia ai te reo e rere ana i taku wāhi mahi...

Kia hapai I etahi atu ki te Pakari I roto I to tātou reo Rangatira...

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I have mokopuna who are of Māōri descent - I want their culture and identity to be affirmed by connecting...

Te reo rangatira is a taonga and is the birth right of all people from Aotearoa...

Te tautoko i te kaupapa me aku tauira nō TKKM o Puau Te Moananui-a-Kiwa...

It's important to me that our learners have an opportunity to ako, waiata, kōrero, whakarongo, tākaro & pānui whenever they...

In honour of my tīpuna, my parents, my children, my mokopuna and myself...