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'

 

What is my why? I am doing this to celebrate and embrace the language of my culture...

I am moari and proud...

It is time we showed more respect to out tangata whenua - it may start to heal a little of...

I am taking part as I love being Maori and feel kiwis should embrace there heritage...

I am so eager to learn Te reo !...

Kia ora te reo hai reo tuku iho, mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei...

I am proud to be from Aotearoa and want to learn to speak Te Reo...

I've been on my journey for a few years now, struggling as I'm older and can't retain things as good...

I just want to do anything I can to normalise the use of te reo Māori here in Aotearoa <3...

Tamariki , kohanga , also finding whoni am not only as a Maori but history that back tracks to our...

its our language...

We are a maori land trust who has weekly tumai hui with karakia, korero mo te wiki, waiata...

I am a teacher and feel it is important to honour the Treaty of Waitangi in any way I can...

I am Pakeha and believe that we should all be able to speak the reo (even if it is just...

Because it is important, our countries first language is something to cherish and celebrate...

Ko Reo Māori tõku tuakiritanga!...

Normalise Te Reo Maori in our kura...

Normalise Te Reo Maori in our kura...

I want to get to know more of the culture of the country I’m living in right now and possibly...

I am learning Te Reo Māori and want to keep practicing...

My children’s ancestors are Maori and unfortunately the culture and language for previous generations has not been cherished and encouraged...

I want to be relevant and increase my understanding of mātauranga Māori and Te Tiriti and use of te reo...

To grow my use of Te reo...

Because Te Reo Māori is a taonga that I want to use and promote...

You as me Why, I ask you Why Not? Every language is a whole new world, a whole new way...

I'm just excited to be a part of this reolution that's happening and excited for the future of te reo...

Ko tōku hiahia kia kite tōku taha Māori...

I want my family to remember who they are and why our language can be a everyday need for us...

I have just finished a tikanga level 3 paper and I am enjoying sharing what I have learnt with my...

I have been wanting to learn te reo for ages and started to study it with my husband during the...

Why- I am here for the culture- Proud of my history and now being an early childhood educator really want...

I am Maori and my reo is a part of me that is missing ...

Kia whangaia i te reo rangatira ki nga mokopuna kei roto i te kura köhungahunga pākeha...

To bring to life the essence of our amazing bi-national country!...

To encourage others to use te Reo and make it a natural way of greeting people ...

To promote Māori language, make it more mainstream and integrate it into our daily conversations and lives...

For myself mostly however for my Whànau and future generations...

To ensure we keep current and practice our Reo in order that it become second nature in our lives -...

Because I understand the importance of Te reo in keeping our culture alive and want to support this movement (in...

My why is my tamariki, for us to learn together ❤ ...

It is an important part of this country's heritage and culture, I need and want to grow my understanding and...

I've always wanted to learn - I think it's a beautiful language built from rich culture...

On my first visit to a Marae in 1984 the Karanga resonated into my soul and I knew that if...

Desire to speak my grandad parents language got squashed out of my mother an not passed on to me ,...

It's an awesome language and I wish there were more speakers and use of the language so I could practice...

I am Maori and proud of our beautiful language...

I am a proud kiwi and want to be part of the drive to whakamāori te Reo Māori...

Doing it for my husband and my kids and to carry on my mother in law miriamas language and I...

I am currently doing a course of study in Te Reo level 4...

I'm really keen to learn more te reo...

I want to learn the language my ancestors and kaumātua speak, and connect with who I am as a Māori...

I want to learn more and encourage others not to be whakama!...

I want to learn more and encourage others not to be whakama!...

I am taking part because Te Reo Māori is my first language and I was not fortunate enough to be...

Because we should, no ifs or buts, its the right thing to do!...

It is the language of here, this place, this whenua, it must be celebrated and given the mana it should...

Ko te reo kia māori (pū iti), arā kia tangata whenua te reo nei ki tōna tūrangawaewae kei noho hei...

Mo te wā o te ao ā mua...

Kia ora, Ko te reo Māori te reo o tēnei motu me ōku tīpuna...

I'm proud of my heritage and want my tamariki to grow up being proud of it too...

I am learning Te Reo at TWOA, and want to stand up and join in!...

I am honoured to be part of this country as tangata whenua and though learning the language will gladly participate...

New Zealand’s language...

Te reo Maaori is part of our culture and heritage in Aotearoa and it is the responsibility and privilege of...

As part of my teaching journey I have developed a passion for the language (Te Reo Māori), I feel I...

I’ve always loved reo Māori...

I am New Zealander...

As Kaiako in Aotearoa, teaching very young tamariki, I feel it is my obligation and indeed my passion to value,...

Ko au Te Reo, Ko Te Reo ko au...

For our tupuna...

Because I should and I have mokos now who're learning about their whakapapa and identity of who they are and...

i am 68 yrs old my brother who fluent in te reo wants me to learn and its also my...

Its important to me and the mahi I do...

I'm a teacher in a class that's trying to become bilingual...

Keeping the culture to the forefront where it should be, im with the Mana Ariki cultural society in Taumaranui...

Because I love te reo Māori and want to help normalise its use...

Learning and using te reo Maori helps me connect with the tangata whenua and the wairua of the land of...

I am intrigued by the beauty of the Maori langauge and would love to learn it...

Pay homage to my language finally (having spent years overseas and learning other reo now home - ka noho au)...

Te reo is unique, awesome and our national language...

I love contributing when I can in activities during Te Wiki o te reo maori, and always look forward to...

I just think it’s an awesome kaupapa and I’m happy to support and be apart of it 👍🏽...

Te Reo Maori is a part of every kiwi, whether they know it or not, and whether they like it...

Kia ora...

Maori are tangawhenua, it is critical that all people who call Aotearoa home know how to koro mai Maori...

I was told it only takes a generation to lose a language and at least three to bring it back...

For our tupuna who lost their whenua, and their reo, seeds scattered in the wind, engari "E kore au e...

My why is that first and foremost I am a Pakeha whose family have lived in Aotearoa for several generations,...

Maori is our first language and we should celebrate it, use it and grow it!...

My children i was adopted when i was born,raised pakeha,but home now for my reo for my babies and wahine...

Te reo Maori is our unique reo!...

Te reo Māori is the language of Aotearoa, and we have a responsibility to help keep it strong ...

I'd like to have a conversation in Te Reo Māori...

To recognise the mahi done in 1972 to bring back Te Reo, I feel inspired to continue in every way...

I would love to become confident in Te Reo...

For our children's children...

Because I'm a New Zealander and I want to become more fluent in the first of our official languages...

Kia kaha te reo Māori!...

I think its a great initiative...

Ko tōku reo!...