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.


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To be accountable to my committment to learning and using Te Reo Maori ...

We are passionate about using te reo in our classrooms and helping our students be more connected to our culture...

Te Reo is important for whanaungatanga...

For my whanau...

Connecting to whānau in Aotearoa and being part of the country, even as i am far away in Kānata, is...

I'm of Maori ethnicity, and it's about time I start truly embracing my culture and language :)...

Learning Te Reo Māori is making me a better Kiwi...

It’s important to me because I have experienced being part of the Inter-Generational Trauma of loosing Te Reo Maori...

I'm Maori, my tamariki are Maori, thier dad is Maori, my 2 older kids have done Kapahaka through school, my...

Te Reo is miharo!...

Too remember my past, so I can't forward to my future...

Te reo Māori is the original language of Aotearoa...

I te mea ki au nei he kaupapa whakahirahira tēnei, e aroha ana au i tā tātau Reo Māori me...

Te reo...

For me to learn more reo not just for myself but also for my tamariki and to learn my background...

As Māori to fill the part of me that I have always felt was missing...

We will take part in some Te Reo lessons , and then try using what we have learnt in our...

To share our beautiful and unique language ensures its survival for generations to come...

To honour my tīpuna and my tama...

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre staff are kaitiaki for many taonga and it is becoming more important for those who work...

I want to visit my son, his wife and new baby Maia in Brazil, and Māori vowels are the same...

I grew up disconnected from my Māori family and have a yearning to belong, and understand my language and whakapapa...

He Māori ahau…...

I am on a journey to learn Te Reo and I am excited to join Aotearoa in this moment...

My son was born here ...

Reo Maori is one of our 3 official languages, and our first language...

Doing this for me and my mokopuna - the loves of my life ...

As a UK immigrant to Aotearoa and have purposefully learnt more about the history and impact of colonisation I want...

Tēnā tātou katoa...

My heritage is my why...

Because as a ‘tauiwi’ it is important that I learn the official language of Aotearoa...

We are a socially responsible business, we are part of Aotearoa DNA, and we want Aotearoa to be a part...

Working in an early childhood centre, I think it’s really important that our Māori and non-Māori tamariki are exposed to...

Kia ora ai te wairua Maori me te aroha ki to tatou reo me ona tikanga...

Because as a volunteer I would dearly love to use te reo in my interactions with the public more confidently...

To understand the whaikorero on te marae...

I want to be better at my job...

I want to be the kind of Pākehā the tangata whenua thought they were getting when they signed Te Tiriti...

For my whānau and our future generations...

Ko te reo Māori te reo o ōku tūpuna!...

I want to educate myself so I can educate my little one...

We, in Aotearoa are the kaitiaki of te reo Māori, from our rivers to our maunga, to our people, te...

We feel in times of hope happiness bountiful produce used for health and wellbeing...

My why is I want to be able to include Māori culture and language myself in my ECE sector as...

My why is my whanau my tamariki ...

As an immigrant coming from a far away land, I have started to realize that many countries that got colonized,...

I want to see all my whānau honour the Treaty through learning Te reo Māori, tikanga, Te Ao & a...

I work as a coordinator and my work is to connect people of different communities sono would like to enhance...

Wāhine Māori...

I have lived my whole life in Aotearoa, I need to learn Te Reo in order to embrace my identity...

I'm learning te reo for my kids and myself...

I’m now a Nana at 50 and it brings me joy that it’s never to late to learn and participate...

Tēnā koe ...

I feel like I want to really connect with my New Zealand roots...

I have been attending a nightclass in Te Reo Māori this year at Nelson polytechnic - it runs for the...

to honour my ancestors and it is a part of who I am...

It’s about the Kia KAHA Te reo I nga wa KATOA ...

It just feels right for me now...

I have been trying to learn te reo rangatira because:...

I want to feel more connected to my country Aotearoa, in every way possible, and to show gratitude to each...

Tēnā tātou...

I want to speak Te Reo because it's the original language of my country...

to confidently participate in te ao Māori, I ensured my boys were nurtured in te ao Māori now I want...

E tika ana te kōrero o ōku tupuna: Toku reo, toku ohooho...

I am driven to learn Maori because it is part of me It will take me a long time but...

Last year, my why was not to feel so whakama about not speaking Te Reo Māori...

Kia ora ko Andrea toku ingoa ...

Respect our own country's culture...

He tōiriiri ki au te reo Māori...

For the team at Dunstan Educare it is vital for us to be role-modeling Te Reo Maori, and to be...

I want to understand the reo of my tūpuna, and pass it on to my tamariki...

Im not 100% sure why Ive dedicated a huge part of my life to te reo, however, I was just...

Tooku Reo tooku ohooho tooku Reo tooku mapihi maurea ~ I am currently on my Te Reo journey at TWoA,...

Firstly, gratitude to the Land that welcomed my family and I with open arms...

I didn't know much about this language, until I met a guy from NZ ...

I am learning te reo because it is such a huge part of being a kiwi and our cultural identity...

I want it back because it reminds me of my grandmother and I want to connect with my roots more...

I'm on a journey to learn te reo Māori so I can better serve Māori in my mahi (digital communications)...

The last 8 years I have learnt from many resources ie, kaumatua, all my friends, I enrolled online to a...

I want to share my culture and language with my grandchildren...

Whats my why? My why is because I was adopted to a pakeha whānau who knew that learning our culture...

I am learning te reo to be a better example for my children and the generations ahead in our whakapapa...

It is vital that I learn Te Reo Maori because I am employed by a Maori Organisation here in NZ,...

My grand children are learning Maori and have inspired me...

Continuing on my Reo Maori journey is important for my job working with kohungahunga in a childcare...

Ko te reo Māori te kākaha o te whakaaro, te huarahi i te ao tūroa...

I need to show how proud I am and how lucky we are to have our own native language...

It's important to honour and respect our first people, to try to make things better after the ugly colonisation that...

The taonga that is te reo Māori can be a living gift to our future generations if we all become...

When I was 6 years old I watched Lord of the Rings for the first time and fell in love...

I'm a first generation NZer and proud to be part of this beautiful whenua with its rich and spiritual heritage...

It is one of our country's national language, we need to normalise it's use...

Because I want to be at my Marae, listening to the stories of the days gone past and of the...

I am not Tāngata Whenua but Aotearoa is my home...

As a pākeha, it is my responsibility to not repeat the harm that my tīpuna created - out of ignorance...

I want to be able to understand and speak (albeit a little) of the language out of respect for tangata...

Like so many other people my age we were taught that we needed to discard our Māori identity in order...

I have always felt a connection with, and great pride in Aotearoa's Māori heritage...

Learning te Ao Māori is for me being a complete New Zealander, ngā mihi ki a koutou...