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 believe our learning experience is limitless ...

I think as New Zealander's, regardless of our ethnicity, we have a responsibility to learn te reo and help keep...

I would like to be alive to see the day when the whole of Aotearoa speak te reo Maori ...

Why - I want Te Reo to be commonplace, normalised and for everyone to appreciate the beautiful language it is...

We didn't grow up speaking Te Reo Maaori...

For my tamariki!...

I work in a kaupapa Maori organisation and want to increase my day to day use of Te Reo...

I work in a kaupapa Maori organisation and want to increase my day to day use of Te Reo...

E hiahia ana ahau ki te tipu haere i tāku pūkenga i te Reo Māori - ko te reo rangatira...

I was learning te reo in the decades past but have had less opportunity to korero since retiring...

I am pakeha, and te reo is part of who I am ...

Learning te ao and te reo Maori is a commitment I feel I should make as a New Zealander...

I accepted a job that moved me from the US to NZ two years ago...

Improving and expanding my Reo helps me connect with my whakapapa and expand my Māori world view...

It is part of me that has been suppressed for far too long and I want it to be a...

He taonga te Reo!...

So I can understand more about Maori - te reo and tikanga...

It is important to be able to communicate clearly to every person in Aotearoa...

Because Te Reo is part of here and only here so we should all embrace it!...

Because through us the ancestors speak...

This is an Awesome Kaupapa!...

Ko te reo Māori tōku hoa haere ia rā...

Tena koe, I work in Iwi Radio and have done for many years and keen as to tautoko this amazing...

Equity and fairness ...

Me tautoko te reo Maori...

to korero maori more than korero english...

I want to connect to my language and learn more...

Maori is the indigenous language of Aotearoa and we should ensure our children have the opportunity to learn to speak...

Te reo Māori is more than a national language - it's the heart language of our nation, part of what...

I studied Te Reo at college but that was now nearly 20yrs ago so would like to start using it...

who doesnt want to hear more of this beautiful language : )...

He Taonga te reo Mãori ...

Toku reo toku ohooho ...

Yes ko Tania Castle-Prime tenei ,,kapai tenei korero me te kai korero maori Ataahua...

To educate those in our wider community of the existence of Te Ao Māori!...

Hiringa is a Māori word meaning perseverance, energy, determination, inspiration, vitality...

I have lost my reo due to society and I want to reinforce it more within my whānau for my...

To be a part of the Te reo Maori movement ...

Would love expand my knowlesge in the reo...

Ahakoa he Pākehā ahau, ka aroha ahau i te reo...

E ngakaunui ana ahau ki ō tātou reo Māori me te whakaora i tō tātou reo...

I'm participating because I know it takes multiple generations to get our reo back...

Because Te Reo is a beautiful language which should be celebrated and spoken...

My why...

We moved to Australia nearly 3 years ago...

Because for a language to flourish, it needs to be spoken...

Te Reo Maori is so important - for keeping the language and the culture alive, and it's an important thing...

I wish NZ history was different but if anywhere can turn the damage of colonisation around we can...

I want to keep up with my bicultural teaching practice!...

I regret that I have lived in Aotearoa all my life and can still only korero and understand a smattering...

I am of ngati mamoe descent...

Want to be able to speak fluently...

We should absolutely celebrate Aotearoa's indigenous language, the more people actively participating in learning this incredible and complex language the...

Because I live in Aotearoa!...

Our organisation is committed to making te reo an everyday part of all NZers experience!...

I think te reo Maori is important because it is the first language of this country...

Ko te reo Māori te reo o Aotearoa...

I have emigrated to NZ over 23 yrs ago...

I am Maori and live in London...

I have been living in NZ for 10 years now, and have been learning and using Te Reo for 3...

Be more part of the community of children I teach by learning more te Reo...

i am maori as a child my father was worried about teaching us...

Te Reo is such a taonga, I started learning it then I stopped, I want to get back into learning...

Because power should be returned to tangata whenua...

I really want to korereo better,having confidence with what I say...

I'm Mexican and I've been in New Zealand for 7 years now...

to show people what it means and how to say it...

I am a hospital play specialist in Whangarei Hospital , I would like to challenge myself to include a lot...

We are privileged to be living in a multicultural society and I’d like to honour that by learning to speak...

Te Reo is our taonga as a country...

My husband is part Maori but unfortunately doesn’t have a lot to do with his heritage which as of recent...

Honour the Treaty and respect Indigenous peoples, land, history and culture...

Te Reo is beautiful, it's an official language of our country - we should all speak it!...

Maori represents a rich heritage of New Zealand, and as someone who is new to this country and going to...

I’m a pakeha psychiatrist...

To honour my tipuna wahine...

We have a school kaiarahi who has developed over the past six years a programme of learning of Te Reo...

Its my whakapapa...

I am on my reo Māori journey and one of the main things i have learnt in the last 10...

I was born in 1959...

Ka puta mai te kakano i ruia mai ngā rangiatea...

I think it’s important the indigenous language and culture of our country are honoured and respected...

I've learned a couple of non-English languages, but haven't made a similar effort to learn te reo...

Because Te reo Māori is beautiful and should be a language learnt, celebrated, loved and normalised as an everyday language...

Being a pakeha New Zealander it is important for me to have some ability to speak some te reo to...

There is no reason not to...

I started Te Reo class in March, Level 1 and 2 at our local Te Wananga O Aotearoa...

Ko Te reo Maori Te reo rangatira ...

I am learning Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori so that I can immerse my children...

What is driving me to take part is that I work for a kaupapa Māori organisation however a lot of...

Because it is the language of this land...

It's about time I did, I'm 53years old, would love to stand on my the paepae and whaikorero back home...

I am māori and very proud to be...

My why is my whakapapa...

I love our Reo - it's a Taonga tuku iho...

to help my kids learn their culture amd language ...

I missed out learning Te Reo growing up and I don’t want my kids and grandkids to miss out...

I want to connect better with people and learn a new perspective ...

He Maaori au...

Kia kore ai e ngaro te reo rangatira...