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 tōku reo tōku ohooho Ko tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea Ko tōku reo tōku whakakai mārihi Ko te Reo...

I want to learn my culture ...

So I can help my son to grow and learn about his Maori heritage and for him to be able...

I feel now is the right time for me to start my journey...

Because being Māori is a huge part of who we are, and what makes New Zealand what it is...

Māori language is one of New Zealand’s treasures and an exciting new language learning adventure!...

i want to be able to eventually be a speaker on the marae to represent taku whānau...

As an Early Childhood Teacher in training, it is so important that we uphold our bicultural curriculum and ensure the...

Learning te reo helps me better understand my own culture and feel my place in my culture, a belonging...

Because I've lived in countries that push down the first nations cultures, and I don't want that to happen here...

Our culture and our language is who we are...

Because I've lived in countries that push down the first nations cultures, and I don't want that to happen here...

New Zealand is home, and what more can make me feel closer to home, is learning the language...

The reason why I wanted to take part in Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori is that since we are...

The reason why I decided to take part in Te wiki o Te Reo Maori is because as a young...

Because I wan't to learn more about Te Reo...

So That it is and Will Always Be Passed Down Generation to Generations ...

Language is the bridge to ones mind and soul...

I want to be a part of the change, not the problem...

Kia ora my name is hola i am tongan and the reason why i want to take part because i...

Because I believe in reclaiming the language that was lost...

Because I am proud to be Maori...

Because I'm a New Zealander, and through learning the language of my tangata whenua, we learn about te ao maaori,...

I’m hopeless with learning any language, but I don’t want my kids to be like me...

Te reo Maori is a beautiful language that to me is an important part of our identity as a country...

Te Reo is connection to culture, and land, to my past, present & future...

To pass down our ways as I wasn't shown it's been a long journey to get to where I am...

The Māori culture is part of NZ and plays an important role in our history and our future - I...

I feel as though I owe it to myself, my kids, my community and country and fellow NZ'ers to do...

I am maori and I know more japanese and spanish than my own language...

It’s the language of our Tangata whenua and the nurturing of it is important in decolonising Aotearoa...

I am maori...

It's important because my generation was disconnected from the language and successive governments have never had the courage to make...

It's important to learn Māori for me, I'm getting older and have little knowledge of the Reo...

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

I really want to help people become absorbed and involved in Te Reo...

I am new to New Zealand and beginning to learn Te Reo has taught me of the deep cultural and...

I am a 5th generation new zealander with a passion and love for this land ...

I would like my children to grow up hearing and speaking te reo...

Learn a new language...

I am a proud Kiwi and part of this is being able to speak te reo Māori in my opinion...

Its who I am...

It is my heritage and my love...

As a child I spoke fluently, as time went by and those who spoke with me passed on, so did...

i want to one more person learning te reo as i think that te reo māori should be spoken more...

I have chose to make my home in Aoteroa, as part of that there is a definite obligation to do...

As a manuhiri myself I believe that it is important to respect the tāngata whenua and to learn their tikanga,...

knowledge is power...

Our daughter's husband is part Maori and we want to be able to help our grandkids to speak Te Reo...

I feel so disconnected to our culture...

I don't have any confidence about trying to correctly say any names or words in te reo and I would...

I would love to participate for not only myself, for my whanau, friends & future children who need to learn...

Returning back from living in USA for 4 years I didn’t realise how patriotic I became...

It's important for me to learn because my mum was a fluent speaker but was whipped at school for speaking...

To encourage my tamahine to be proud of her taha Maori...

I love my students ❤ and I want to understand them on a deeper level...

To learn more Maori to support me in my role in Ece implementing Maori language with our younger generation to...

Simple- I'm a kiwi, māori underpins our nation...

Ko te Reo Maori te Reo Rangatira! ...

I notice that the children in my classroom really enjoy learning Te Reo Māori and it adds much more to...

Te Reo Maori he herenga ki ahau ki te whenua, te rangi, te moana, nga awa, nga ngahere, nga manu,...

Maori is an official language of Aotearoa so why not...

Because I want to learn another language and Maori is an increasingly relevant one...

Absolute passionated by NZ culture, my partner and I are thriving to learn te reo ...

Don't want to lose my culture...

To never forget my maoritanga and encourage others...

I owe it to my whakapapa and myself...

Great idea...

Reo Maori is encoded with awesome guiding principles I like to apply to life...

To honour the culture ...

To promote te reo Maori /language as a human right for people with disabilities ...

To embrace my culture ...

Ko te reo tōku ohooho Ko te reo tōku māpihi maurea ...

Kia Ora Whanau! Ko Simon Meikle tenei...

I have always been fascinated by the similarities of the Maori and Pacific languages with the Filipino languages...

To have a greater understanding, and be confident in my pronunciation...

I'm learning its a part of who I am, I'm learning to connect with my whakapapa, I'm learning to connect...

It is our first language and it shouldn't be unknown or an after thought ...

To help and be a part of a better New Zealand ...

The Te Reo language is part of every Kiwi's identity...

Learning another language is great for brain development, also Maori is our countries special culture and it should be embraced...

I am Pākehā but have nieces and nephews who have whakapapa...

Language is culture and culture is identity...

Ko te reo Maori te reo taketake o Aotearoa...

Feeling like too many generations have missed out on something special and owed to us that is a given right...

I am Maori and I want to celebrate it through Te Reo, Waiata and the arts...

I am a member of my marae and hapu trustees...

As someone struggling to find my tuakiri Māori, this is a great way to keep myself accountable and truly dig...

Te reo is a beautiful language and i believe it is the responsibility of every citizens and residents of New...

I arrive recently in New Zealand and it is important for me to learn te reo in order to understand...

My Maori great grandmother brought up my father after his mother died when he was a baby...

We should have all learned this as children...

Language is an important part of community...

I'm not a native New Zealander, but this country has welcomed me and become my home...

Ko te reo Maori te reo taketake o Aotearoa...

There are many things that define New Zealanders and connect us to our home but te reo Māori is unique...

I have always wanted to learn but something always came up and I never made it a priority...

my why survival ...