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'

 

Te Reo Māori is apart of me myself and I...

Sociologically, Maori is our indigenous language so we need to protect and nurture it...

My answer is...

This is the reo of this whenua, this whenua has nurtured tōku whānau for 5 generations...

Kia ora, Kaore au i te maia...

Kia ora...

I am a polyglot - someone who enjoys learning to speak other languages...

E kore matou e ngaro ana to tatou reo i te mea oku nei whakaaro e ki mai te tiriti...

As an early childhood teacher, to honour our bicultural curriculum its so important our mokopuna are surrounded by te reo...

I want us to be a community who works together and understands each other, respects each other...

My great-grandmother kept her mātauranga like a secret as she wished to live as pākeha in her time...

Kia Ora as a Te Tiriti treaty partner and some one who has Maori and European ancestors...

My why is that I would like to be a part of making sure we don't lose our Māori language...

Really only discovered my Māori ancestry while at Teacher's training college...

It helps me understand ko wai au...

For our future...

Unuhia te rito o te harakeke, kei whea te kōmako e kō? Whakatairangitia - Rere ki uta, rere ki tai;...

Why I chosen to learn my own language again, now that I have my own tamariki and that they go...

It's my birth right to speak the language of my ancestors...

It's a giant part of who I am and where I come from, it's part of my whakapapa - even...

He taonga te Reo; na te mea e hiahia ana ahau ki te maarama Ngā mea nui ki Maori ;...

I dont want our beautiful reo to be lost, our tikanga our who we are to be lost...

it's important to me because my mother was punished for speaking Māori and if I don't learn and encourage my...

I love learning te reo...

Learning Te Reo Māori to enhance myself with better understandings, teaching my babies our beautiful language, making sure we embrace,...

As a Pakehaa born In Aotearoa - Te Reo Maaori has a special place in my heart and soul...

I moved to Aotearoa from England in 2005...

I want Maaori to be widely spoken...

Its about remembering growing up with a Nan that spoke in te reo - so understanding reo is easier than...

Nā te mea e pirangi ana au i te tuhi I ngā waiata i roto i te reo rangatira rawa...

I am definitely part of the Te Reo Movement because I did not learn Maori growing up...

Te reo Māori has uplifted and strengthened my Māori identity and my wairua...

Toi te kupu, Toi te mana, Toi te whenua...

I'm American and have lived in New Zealand for 23 years...

My blood is red, my skin is white...

I'm learning Te Reo because I live in a bicultural country with two spoken languages, and so far I'm only...

Aotearoa is my adopted home: Although I wasn't born here, I want to embrace the taonga of te reo...

Tena koe, ko Gill toku ingoa...

To experience the wonders of another world, hidden in plain sight...

Kia tangata whenua anoo ai too taatou reo...

He reo aroha, tohaina tenei reo aroha ...

My grandmother's generation were forced to speak a language that wasn't theirs...

I’m Pākehā so I will always feel like a guest in Aotearoa...

Maaori is a beautiful language that's embedded within a beautiful culture steeped in values of respect, inclusion, integrity and aspiration...

Te reo Maori enables me to connect...

I am 57 years old, a 5th generation Pākeha tane, ( i love being called Pākeha, i am definitely NOT...

Being a Maori who has recently returned to NZ from 23 years abroad, I feel the need to catch up...

I am a first generation kiwi from Dutch heritage...

We have a beautiful language and culture...

I lived overseas for a long time and wanted to reconnect with my homeland when I returned...

Kia ora Why am I learning te reo Māori? - he taonga te reo, our language is so very precious!...

I believe te reo is unique and distinct to Aotearoa, it is the first language of these islands, and as...

I want to be able to converse and understand our reo rangatira...

I'm 64 years old and can't even put a sentence together and when someone speaks or writes something in tereo...

I am learning for my matua who wouldn't speak te reo because he was beaten for it and for my...

To be confident and competent while I’m teaching our future tamariki of Aotearoa...

There are numerous number of reasons: ▪︎One of the three official languagesof NZ...

Because it is apart of my culture and I want to stay connected to it...

Would love to engage with whanau on our marae...

Because as a New Zealander who went through the education system in the 70's and 80's, I feel let down...

Kia Ora...

I started to learn te reo Māori about six years ago, because a friend and I were leading a preschool...

To enrich my life and philosophy...

As a Pākehā, I have been welcomed into wonderful spaces again and again and again as I learn te reo...

To make up for a missing part of my NZ identity...

Te Reo is the official language of Aotearoa, it is the language of land I am privileged to live on,...

I am learning te reo because it is one of New Zealand's languages and it seems respectful to honour our...

As a Pākeha I am aware of how much my people have taken from Māori...

Because it is the language of our land, our whenua and our culture...

Te reo & maoritanga are two of the most significant founding threads to the weaving of the human journey in...

I am a Primary School Teacher in Aotearoa so I have a responsibility to use Te Reo Māori in my...

I'm learning Te Reo Māori to normalise it within my community...

To acknowledge the fact that my parents brought us to New Zealand many years ago for a different life which...

Kia ora...

I love understanding more about who and what we are as people in Aotearoa...

Te Reo Maori is a right and a privilege it is important to access learning of Te Reo Maori then...

Its a bout inclusion for me...

I think it's important for me (and everyone in Aotearoa) to be able to understand and speak some Te Reo...

E ako ana ahau ki korero te re Maori, na te ma, i whakaaro au, he tino nui te korero...

I feel that as Te Reo is one of our national languages, it is important to know some words and...

It seems both pono me tika...

As a New Zealander it’s my responsibility to keep te reo Māori alive...

Ko te ohaaki ō tōku matua te take mā tāku whāinga ki te whakahoki te reo rangatira ki tōna kāinga...

I can finally express wahinetanga...

To claim back te reo and tikanga Māori for myself and for my whānau...

Te reo Maori is the native language of the tangata whenua and as such it needs to be spoken by...

It is my heritage and it is my duty to pass it in to my children and mokopuna...

I am at a point in my life where I feel the time is right...

I'm a classic example of a middle aged wahine who has Māori lineage but was brought up in a Pakeha...

I personally love learning te reo Māori because it’s like stepping into my tipuna’s world, how they connect, how they...

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana māori - Tihei Mauriora...

I'm Niuean and I'm fluent in my language...

It is part of our national identity and we need to treasure it...

What drives me (us) to be a part of Te Reo Māori...

For me, Te Reo encompasses Te Ao Maori completely - with Te Reo we have the culture, the history, the...

Why you are learning te reo Why am I learning te reo, because my tamariki have been educated through Kohanga,...

As a child growing up my mother never taught me or my bro and sis Te Reo, so I would...

As a primary school teacher I think it is important for us all to learn the Maori language...

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a bridge connecting Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pākehā...

As a new migrant in Aotearoa, and after four years choosing this land as a home...