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'

 

my why survival ...

We must keep learning and passing on our unique reo to family and friends...

I attended The Justice Conference a couple of years back and heard John Catmur speaking about biculturalism in NZ...

To keep te reo alive and thriving within my whānau, community, hapu and iwi...

Because it’s the indigenous language of my birth country and I feel I should learn it before attempting to learn...

I feel I should learn Maori language before I chose to learn a language from another country...

My children are Māori and I want them to grow up in a country where their history and ancestors as...

My grandchildren speak to reo maori and I would like to reply...

Because its a part of my cultural identity and the right to speak my language...

My why is because I want to myself and my child to be bilingual...

It's through hearing my nanas experiences and the experiences of her mother and those of that time and earlier before...

I’ve always wanted to learn Te Reo but life has been very busy n I guess I’m not getting any...

Te Reo Māori is the language of tangata whenua of Aotearoa, and it's a matter of respect for all citizens...

I want to be able to korero to whanau, kids, mokos!! I really want to be able to understand and...

I am a pakeha who has lived away from Aotearoa for 30 years, but this makes me feel connected and...

For my children, and my children's children...

It is important for me because I want to set an example for my pēpi and whānau...

I was bought up with basic Maori songs and using stick and poi in West Auckland and would like to...

I have many reasons I would like to take part but the most important reason is to pass on knowledge...

I think its important to encourage the use of te reo, and I hope to be one of the first...

Its apart of our history and if we lose our language we lose who we are as Maori people...

I want to learn more about the culture...

So that my children will be able to speak our language fluently...

Language and story matter to me...

I'm nz maori and have little knowledge of my own mother tounge...

My why is firstly my daughter Mahina- Bell, she is in the bilingual unit at kura and loves Te Reo,...

I am ready to learn...

Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga is what I have been brought up with since I was small...

For me it is more than important to be part in this movement in order to raise awareness and fulfill...

I would like to have more understanding of a culture that is not my own and to do that an...

My Mother and Father never spoke Maori and that filtered down to my brothers and sisters...

I love languages and have been committed to learning French the last 2 years however I don't know our own...

Many years ago a Maori from te arawa iwi helped me out and I promised to learn the maori language...

For my children, I want for them to know and appreciate te reo Māori...

Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga is what I have been brought up with since I was small...

Because it respects mother tongue ...

Our boy is of Māori descent i was born and bred in Aotearoa...

Te Reo Māori is a world I grew up in, from the moment I was conceived, to being born and...

This is my heritage and i feel that to honour that i should take part in this journey ...

I learned some time ago about maori culture, and I was fascinated, I readed a trilogy of Sara Lark and...

I am, and always will be a proud Māori woman...

So that my children will be able to speak our language fluently...

Looking at my Teaching and Learning ...

Māori language has been a part of my upbringing, and I aspire to being fluent...

Hello I am trying to learn as much as possible for the sake of my 4 young 2x11-13-15yrs of ages...

Te Reo is not only a beautiful language but identifies uniqueness and love for country that I am proud to...

I am hopeful we can create a culture in NZ where we are all considered tangata whenua regardless of race,...

Māori is our special language in New Zealand...

Simply put, I believe it is important to speak the indigenous language of the land you stand on...

To teach my foster kids their language, so they at least feel comfortable hearing familiar words and sounds, as we...

My grandson is eight years old and proud to be Maori...

Te Reo Maori is not only a beautiful language it is the first language of Aotearoa...

It is a treasured gift handed down to us by our ancestors and I have for years had a yearning...

I identify as Tūwharetoa i te Aupouri and Ngāti Kahungunu...

Te Reo enhances my connection to my ancestors and to Aotearoa...

Born on foreign soil, I came to live in the most beautiful country in the world...

It has been a long time coming- hearing Te reo Māori no matter where you are in Aotearoa, te ao...

Sense of belonging...

Kia ora...

Being connected, understanding, learning and being comfortable and proud in my own skin...

Mohio ki taku reo, mohio ki ahau...

I'm proud to be a Māori wahine proud of my culture, proud to be able to speak 2 languages...

Te Reo Maori is New Zealand...

I want to do what I can to honour and help strengthen Te Reo Māori in Aotearoa...

To honour Te Tiriti and to help build the nation we can become...

Its the original language of our land, birds, trees...

My boys are an eighth Maori - my husband is a quarter...

The significance is as a nation, we can embrace the language of scriptural truth, and not miss out in delivering...

Te Reo Maori is one of three official languages in Aotearoa...

I want to support...

It’s important because this is me acknowledging my ancestors and also acknowledging the world we live in today Freedom of...

I am a Pakhea and as a New Zealander I lucky to have two official languages...

Proud of my culture X...

For all of Aotearoa to learn and grow as a whole hapori...

For my whanau and for my own continuous learning journey...

What drives me to learn Te Reo Maori is to honour the Tangata Whenua of this land by making sure...

So that I can be closer to my tupuna, my hapu and whanau...

My identity is bound to my ancestral language...

I am South African so have to work extra hard to teach Maori...

My why is my whānau, my whakapapa and the generations to come...

Te Reo is such a beautiful language and I feel that learning even a little more each year can only...

I am in Australia but still call Aotearoa my home...

At 5 years old my family were placed in Aōtearoa as refugees from Iran...

It is important for us to take part because Te Reo is an official language of New Zealand and it...

Ko te reo te Puutaketanga o te Ao Maaori, koinaa te take e perangi ana teenei ki te tautoko te...

The resurgence of Te Reo Māori is awesome...

I want to be able to speak my language fluently and with confidence, and for the reo to become widespread...

This is my culture...

I want to take part to support a culture which I love (not my own) but that of my son...

My mother and father didn't know Te Reo until their adulthood, while their children had it since they were born...

He taonga te reo Māori, me rere tō tatou reo rangatira!...

our language is our culture...

For my tamariki to become more versed in the reo...

Following my heart...

It is nz culture and it’s nice and important to me with my wife being Māori and im a foreigner...

I just love learning about New Zealand's history and what it's like to be a Maori...

Mō āku tamariki...

Personal growth learning te reo maori...