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'

 

I feel that Te reo should be a part of all New Zealander vocabulary!...

"For the past decade, I’ve been learning te reo Māori...

I come from Colombia...

Because I must, Because I'd love to, because this is the country I live in and this is how I...

I want My 14 year old Tai-Anahera and 3 year old Luka Rohi to have that connection to their Maori...

I am pakeha kiwi...

It is the language of Aotearoa...

It's important that Te Reo language grows and continues to thrive in Aotearoa and I want to support and be...

I think the language and the whanau culture are rich in maintaining connection...

I'm passionate about preserving the languages of indigenous cultures so I'm playing my part, paying homage to the indigenous culture...

Our reo, our culture, our identity...

Te reo enlarges my world as a Pākehā (: I yearn that it might enlarge more people's worlds...

For my tamariki and me ...

Ko te whakamaaoritanga o te whenua me ngoona orooro katoa e whakamaaori mai ai te ao o ngaku tamariki...

Support and grow what we do at kindy...

To help foster a sense of pride in our community...

I live in Wigram, Christchurch we need a Marae built here in Wigram!...

I am trying to learn and teach Maori as much as possible in my classroom in order to become a...

Ko taku he aha ai? E hiahia ana au ki te reo o ō tātou tūpuna, whanake ai kia ora...

I believe that it is important for everyone in Aotearoa, Maori or not to understand the importance of speaking Te...

Big fan of the Māori culture, very similar to my Irish culture...

To learn to pronounce place names etc correctly and read and understand as much as I can ...

Mō taku irāmutu te take!...

Ko te mea nui ki ahau, kia hakaoratia te reo Māori, ...

Te Reo Maori is important to me...

Just want to grow my use of te reo and support others to do the same...

Just want to grow my use of te reo and support others to do the same...

As a teacher in New Zealand I think it is really important for our future to have children interested and...

To truly find my identity as a Maori who was brought up the western way...

I don’t want our Reo to be lost...

I am of maori decent and would like to know my whakapapa and connect back to natural ways of life...

I believe te reo is important as apart of kiwi culture and i am proud to be a kiwi learning...

For me, learning Te Reo is a door into a part of Aeotearoa that has always been opening, but I...

For my work colleagues to be able to confidently recite their pepeha and have an understanding of Te Reo Māori...

Learning shows respect for my adopted home ...

Connecting with my tipuna through learning reo as a rangatahi saved me...

I believe that all people who live in Aotearoa should be able to speak some te reo Māori...

As a New Zealander I want to be able to korero with more confidence when talking with the staff...

Te Reo makes Aotearoa a better place as we all strive to speak more then our youth and children see...

To understand and learn more about our Maori culture and support the resurgence of te reo Maori ...

Why would anyone not want to speak Te Reo? It’s our language that makes Aotearoa special!...

Whānau...

I want to celebrate te reo as a taonga that is unique to Aotearoa New Zealand and all New Zealanders...

I am pakeha new zealander currently learning te reo Māori in order to better participate with my fellow new zealanders...

So that i can share our beautiful language with all my mokopuna...

Hoping for a more diverse future for our tamariki and have Te Reo as an option to learn in all...

I think it's significant and respectful to recognise Te Reo Maori in equal partnership with the rest of Aotearoa...

All about our tupuna whanau awhi tautoko & enjoy life...

My hope is that Te reo Māori will flourish ...

It’s my responsibility to keep my whakapapa alive ❤️...

To be able to korero maori with my whanau...

My mum and dad are Maori...

I believe everyone in Aotearoa, pakeha or Māori, should learn and know te reo māori before learning English...

Just thought I'd give it a go...

We have moved to Perth and our babies (4yrs & 2yrs) were born here, i want to pass down our...

My younger siblings...

It’s important for us the keep Te Reo alive...

Don't know how to up load...

It is part of who I am, it is part of who we are...

I am a Scot living in NZ and love the Te reo indigenous language of Aotearoa studied one year but...

Im a 54year old ngapuhi descendant, who never learnt to speak the Reo...

Because I love Te Reo o maori...

Every New Zealander should be able to korero te reo Maori...

The positivity of the way Rawinia Higgins described being involved...

To support the renaissance of Te Reo in Aotearoa and to develop the awareness of Te Reo and Maori values...

I really want to learn and speak te reo Maori...

My tamariki are my why, growing up I was blessed to have Te Reo around me, taught at kura and...

Ko te reo Rangatira he kai māku, mā te iwi Māori hoki hei whakanui te ora, te hinengaro me te...

Aotearoa is the only country in the world where te reo is spoken...

I have been welcomed into Aotearoa...

I'm a teacher and believe it's important for everyone to know the basics of Te Reo Māori...

I want to continue learning te reo and to support the goal that by 2040 will be a million people...

Because te reo and tikanga Maori are part of being kiwi and living on the land of aotearoa - this...

Because te reo and tikanga Maori are part of being kiwi and living on the land of aotearoa - this...

For my whānau, to engage with Reo speakers more often, to feel connected and confident...

Mo ngā uri whakaheke...

I want to be part of the preservation and strengthing of Te Reo...

Fluent te reo maori speakers in my whanau stopped in my great grandparents generation...

Whakapapa, still on the te reo journey...

As a Maori girl who grew up in New Zealand I find a lot of my personal identity in the...

Desire to learn te reo...

I am pakeha and I do not underestimate the gift of being on this land...

It's a beautiful language and would be wonderful to be common place in new Zealanders lives ...

Aotearoa is a beautiful place and the Maori people have mana that I respect and envy...

Na te mea ...

My why is a better place for my four sons and one moko...

Ko te reo Māori te reo taketake o Aoteaora, nō reira, me ako tātou i te reo ataahua nei...

My partner is maōri and has been learning Spanish as I am from Mexico, so now I want to learn...

Te Reo is a very interesting language in itself with unique features in its particles, word formation, tenses...

Our tamariki are the reason we are participating...

Because I am 40yr old wahine Māori and learning with my 4 year old...

I have links to the Basque country and to Wales...

To try carry on our reo for the many generations after us ...

I believe we are one country and one people and we expect Māori to speak English so why should European...

Sharing the beauty of te reo with others...

I love the language and general philosophy of Mannakitanga and thing Māori...

Ko te reo Māori te reo o te whenua nei!...

a growing realisation that we need to make more of our Maori history in the Mackenzie District - learn more...

Nā te mea, he tino taonga Te Reo...

I never had the reo growing up even though both my parents are fluent...