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'

 

Mo nga mokopuna te take...

Kia whakapiki te taumata o taku reo...

Because where I work they constantly pronounce Te Reo wrong...

My WHY is to keep the language alive through all cultures...

Our why is because our organisations' values are wana - passion, haepapa - responsibility and aroha - compassion...

Playfulness is my number one personal value and te reo maori is such a rich vein for wordplay and double...

Maori is cool!...

For my tamariki!...

Maori language must survive, and I want to be a part of making it happen ...

I want to set an example for my Kuta and lead by learning Te Reo ...

Though I am not fluent in te reo, I am very proud to be Maori...

I want to learn ...

I am learning te Reo Maori as my Children and Grandchildren are now learning the language...

Ka ora te reo i ngā kaikōrero o te reo Māori...

I think te reo Māori is the most beautiful language in te ao and I value my partnership through Te...

Kia Ora,I am Māori and passionate about learning my language and sharing that with others...

All languages are important...

It is important to encourage tamariki and ako to use te reo daily- not just during maori language week...

I started learning te reo Māori and everything about your culture in april, because of a waiata...

I want to pass on our ancestors language to my tamariki...

To help promote te reo o Aotearoa...

As kaiako we have a part to play in maintaining and up skilling the tereo Maori of our tamariki...

There wasn't a lot of te reo (if any) taught at my schools, and after almost a decade overseas I'd...

Kāore i tua atu i te kaha rangona, i te kaha kitea o te reo hei whakatairanga, hei whakaū i...

l want to be able to talk to my moko because they go to kohunga...

I'm a pākehā in a colonised land...

Why take part? It's simple I guess...

If Te Reo was more integrated in learning at school during my upbringing I would of being able to keep...

Tēnā tātou katoa, ...

Our children are learning Maori as a second language and I think it is important that they know that Maori...

There are quite a few connections between te reo Māori and Vietnamese language that I find really interesting...

I am pākehā, and my children struggle to understand the relevance of te reo Māori...

I am currently learning Te Reo Māori (level 5) with a desire to better integrate the kaupapa and tikanga in...

I have a goal to be fluent (enough) in 3 years in Te Reo and am already 8 months underway...

I have poor language skills but recognize I must push myself to learn Maori as it is an official language...

Reclaiming identity...

I think Te reo is such an important part of NZ and being a New Zealander...

Mai i te Kōpae ki te Urupa tātou ako tonu ai...

For our tamariki...

Because te reo Maori is special and unique to tangata whenua...

I have started my journey (be it a long one) to learn te Reo so I can korero to my...

Because I am Maori, I love my culture, I love the music and I want my daughter to love our...

Am learning te reo...

So te reo maori is never forgotten/lost and is identified/recognised as the native language of New Zealand...

Te Reo Māori is our taonga...

I want to be a part of the Māori language moment/ week because I want to continue the growth of...

I am of māori, Chinese, Pakeha decent and am tired of being told that I am not māori enough...

Toku tupuna...

Our language is very important to me and a journey I am currently on...

I have recently joined the inclusion council with my place of work...

I want to learn Te Reo so I can connect with Maori people and and Maori culture...

The heartbeat of my son!...

Watched Jenny May interview Professor Rawinia Higgins on Morning Report...

He reo no oku tipuna, na ratau i tuku mai hei taonga kia korerohia...

Wanting to learn to understand and speak my language ...

It’s about our future, the future for my moko...

I love te reo Maori, It is a powerful te reo and so meaningful to Maori people...

is having diverse cultures within the business willing to engage in celebrating maori culture and learning Te Reo Maori...

Because this beautiful language needs to be spoken, heard and enjoyedp...

I am currently going to Te Reo classes in the evening and really enjoying it...

It's important for us all to learn some Māori...

I want to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi/ the Treaty of Waitangi as an immigrant to this country...

increase my knowledge understanding and use of te reo maori...

Mo Whānau, te mea ai ano e pipiri matou...

Te Reo carries with it the wairua of a culture I respect and honour...

Our ako deserve to know about our local history, to have a place and feel comfortable as Maori learners...

I want to learn the language...

I want to learn Te reo Maori, so I'm not judged a plastic Maori...

I have studied te Reo Maori in different ways at different times in my life ...

I want to promote Te Reo Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand...

Na taku pēpi e takenga nei au ki te korero ki waiata ki noho i roto i toku ao māori...

Never to old to learn and up skill arohanui ...

i toku tipuranga kahore oku matua i korero i te reo maori, i te wa i whanagai au oku tamariki...

i toku tipuranga kahore oku matua i korero i te reo maori, i te wa i whanagai au oku tamariki...

Reo Māori is the essence of who I am...

Te Reo Māori is the language of Aotearoa...

Because Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori has made me into the person that I am today!...

Ko ngā rangatahi te hauora o te reo!...

My daughter is in her first year of rumaki (in Year 7) and while I have some reo, I need...

To share a beautiful language and get people used to hearing it...

Being Maori, an not been able to speak or understand the Reo!...

Nō Ingarangi ahau, e ono tekau mā iwa āku tau...

Accepting te reo Maori is Aotearoa's taonga...

Because it makes me feel grounded, connected, included...

I am passionate about Te Reo language and love encouraging others in why it is so important...

Mō taku whānau, hapū, hāpori, iwi me aku tūpuna ...

I'm in education and love showing the kids I work with that I'm a learner, together with them...

I think many people want to understand more and learn to speak ...

I want to be more connected to taha Maori...

To enhance my learning of te reo maori...

To connect with my tūpuna...

Mālō,...

As a recent returning kiwi (from living in europe), i feel a real urge to connect and expand my nz-ness...

My husband is Maori...

My son drives me and teaches me...

I am on the reo journey...

Because Te Reo is one of our official languages and I believe that everyone should be able to speak it,...

I’m a language teacher - so I know how much culture is intertwined with language...

I am a maori descendant and want to make our language heard!...

I am Māori and grew up in Dunedin...