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 am part Maori (Te Rarawa decent) and have been learning Te Reo over the past 2 years so I...

Kia kaha te reo Māori!...

To learn, understand and respect tikanga Maori...

It's important for te reo Māori to flourish as it's unique to Aotearoa...

identity...

To be part of what a New Zealander is...

To speak Maori...

To actively promote maori language use...

love learning more about the language and culture...

Because I am Maori and i want to learn about my culture...

So I can be more in touch with the native language...

Te Reo Māori has been a significant part of my life and it has given me a lot of purpose...

Because I believe Te Reo should be part of our everyday lives...

I am new to Aotearoa New Zealand and te reo Maori is a unique and wonderful part of the fabric...

I'm of Cook Island decent born n breed in NZ, I attended Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Maori with my...

I’m on a personal journey moving from Te Po to Te Ao...

Education and understanding...

so that i can learn how to speak maori and understand maori and yea thats all i can think off...

Supporting my Maori friends retain their culture...

Te reo is our national language important to integrate te reo into the curriculum daily where possible...

To stay true to who I am as Maori & be encouraged to speak what Te Reo I do know...

The uniqueness of te reo Māori is a taonga...

Because I feel as though, I’m missing a part of Who I am as a person...

Te reo Maori is one of our official languages...

acknowledge, celebrate, identify...

It has been one regret I have in life is not learning te reo, not just at home but being...

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

As I am doing a Te Reo course at work I would like to improve and extend my knowledge of...

As a Māori I strongly believe that our culture and language deserves more respect and acknowledgement that it has been...

Personally I think learning Te Reo Māori and the Tikanga connects us back to Papatuanuku, reminds us about what it...

Although I am Pakeha I feel a strong connection to all things Maori and I love sharing this beautiful taonga...

Ko matou enei!...

Te Reo Māori is important to me because it connects me with my tūpuna, my whakapapa, my whenua...

Its future...

In 2017 I went to the Waitangi Day celebrations at Otakou Marae...

To strengthen te reo Maaori in Aotearoa...

i have lived in australia for to long i have forgotten maori tanga whaikorero...

He taonga te reo rangatira - tiakina, kōrerohia te reo kia ora ai...

To communicate with others for example learn sign language...

Taking part during the natives is important since this is actually their land so we should respect and celebrate their...

Because our language is going away and I want to do my part in keeping it around for my kids...

To keep our language strong...

Ko tāku, kia parakatihi I tōku nei Reo Maori...

Kia tautoko te kaupapa o te wiki o te reo Māori...

Speaking Te reo Maori is important for all Kiwis...

Important to learn the native language of the land and I believe language is culture...

Because I'm a proud New Zealander and te reo Maori is part of this countries heritage...

I believe that it is incumbent on us all and especially immigrants like myself to be respectful and to learn...

Connection...

Because people should know the language of the land or at least acknowledge it...

It is a very special event...

Our Reo is a taonga, and I'm determined to pass it on to my tamariki - already my kotiro speaks...

I love singing and tu tiri mai nga iwi is my favorite song...

Respect and appreciation of my Māori ancestry and culture...

Awesome to appreciate our national language and ensure it remains an important part of our culture and society as a...

Because it is what makes New Zealand , New Zealand...

Because I want everyone to feel brave and confident about speaking te red Maori in my family...

It is important to recognize that Te Reo Māori is an amazing and beautiful part of our culture, to learn...

I have migrated to Aotearoa 27 years ago and I hardly know anything about Te Reo so I thought it...

I want to know my ancestors and there native tongue...

Even though I am not Maori and parents are immigrants, we all live in New Zealand and Maori should be...

My 7month old daughter is Māori and i would like to support and uplift her journey in Te Reo Māori...

Because who said our language wasn’t as important as any other language? nobody!...

It's my language and culture and have been wanting to learn for a long time now...

Would like to learn more about Maori culture...

As a relatively new kiwi (I immigrated six years ago), I want to understand everything about Aotearoa...

I originally belong to India and practice Sikh religion...

Its important to know the language because I design website in New Zealand and it should benefit Te reo readers...

I'm a school teacher and am celebrating with my class...

Te reo Māori connects me to my tīpuna, I wish I had been taught te reo from them...

To communicate with Maori people...

I would like to be part of keeping te reo Maori alive...

Kia kaha te reo Māori!...

To learn te reo Maori for my mokopuna...

I feel in myself that I am missing out...

Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuturu o Aotearoa!...

I want to be a part of this massive , beautiful, ancient culture, that is all about family, love and...

To celebrate and honour culture, language and diversity...

It is important because of my Māori Whakapapa and I know my ancestors who have lived and passed before me...

Kia kaha te reo Maaori...

Kia tautoko te i kaupapa nei...

to study...

Te Reo Maori has had a big influence on the person I have become...

For me it is personal...

because I want to learn and understand more te reo Maori and be part of making it used more in...

We got involved because we are a group building a new way for our lives and want to have as...

We, as a school, embrace te reo and Te Ao Māori...

To acknowledge that Te Reo Māori is inportant...

Maaori te whenua...

Kia kaha Te reo Maori...

I have also wanted to learn to converse in Maori...

to help deaf adults to do sign languages to communication each others in Te Reo Maori,...

Because my language is beautiful and there is so much depth and meaning to our kupu...

To connect...

It's my birth right, although learning Te Reo has slipped away from me, I am ready to take the Journey...

Te Reo is and should be Aotearoa's first and first official language, lets all be bilingual...

I navigate myself by continuing the work of my tupuna, I uphold their mana; And perhaps the sharing of the...

E Arohaina ana te reo e au!...

because I can speak te Reo Maori ...

As part of the whole a "New Zealander" I feel it is important to honour the Tangatewhenua of this country...