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'

 

He Māori ahau...

Because learning about others enriches everyone...

My ancestors couldn’t speak Te Reo Māori , so I speak and continue to learn Māori for my ancestors who...

I have made the commitment to learn te reo Māori in an 18 month course at my work place...

Connecting to my roots, my whanau...

To know the local language is a courtesy...

For myself, my family & for my future tamariki to come...

It's important to our programme to honour Māori and other Indigenous approaches to music and healing...

Learn my language...

Te reo is a beautiful language!...

To decolonise and pay homage!...

te reo Maori should be part of our daily life, it is our heritage...

Growing up in Aotearoa I was always proud that te Reo was an official language, that was used in small...

So my kids learn to...

Culture and language go hand in hand...

I just love Maori Culture, been brought up Maori family and friends I love it, makes me who I am...

I feel sad that Maori were forced to abandon their language...

"Kōrero Māori i ngā wā katoa, i ngā wāhi katoa...

Our commitment to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi living in Aotearoa ...

kia korero māori te ao katoa...

Because I'm a New Zealander and I should know how to speak Maori ...

I have lived in Australia for 20 years but NZ is my home, my culture, my heritage...

I am Maori and it’s important that people who live in our country have a better understanding of who I...

I must learn to honour my mother, to not forget my country of birth and to be connected ...

Tautoko I Te Kaupapa Kia kaha ake to tātou reo...

I am maori and want to learn my Reo...

Māori is apart of my culture and it’s important to me, I would love to learn more ...

To be respectful, to learn, to inquire, to observe and to hopefully, one day, know more!...

It is important because it is one of the languages of Aotearoa and should be spoken in everyday life as...

Te reo is important to our identity as New Zealanders...

To keep our reo alive and spread our culture to those that maybe unaware of our whakapapa or their own...

I am a Kaiako and a proud young maori Māmā...

It would be a great sadness to allow for Maori language to be forgotten, as its part of New Zealand's...

I am on my personal journey learning Te reo Maori for my family and I...

Its about normalising the use of our language and making it fun for those who have limited experience with it...

I just want to learn Te Reo Maori!...

It's part of my own whakapapa...

I have just moved home to Aotearoa...

Inspire and motivate others who have had a bad experience learning previously...

As a New Zealander it is important to value te reo Māori as a toanga...

to acknowledge and support our New Zealand history and understand a new culture...

To honour my tupuna, especially my kuia, she was subjected to racism because she was Maori...

To continue to learn, share and revitalise our taonga...

Kia kaha Te reo Maori...

Maori people and their language touched my life...

Because Te Reo Maori is a fun thing to learn...

I want to learn Māori because I think the Māori culture is very unique and that learning the language is...

It is important to me to learn my native language...

Its important as a Kiwi to respect the Maori culture by learning Te Reo...

Because as a family for overseas we also believe that roots are important and showing respect and appreciation for your...

I have retired recently and now have more time on my hands to learn...

Our Maaori language is unique specifically to Aotearoa ...

To have a better understanding of the language and culture...

My why is my two children and my partner (soon to be husband)...

I love Maori language...

It's important as new zealanders to learn about New Zealand culture and heritage...

Maori is part of the world's language diversity and part of the human heritage of all of us...

Being a kiwi...

“Because it’s fun” says my eight-year-old tamahine :) And I say also because it’s just, right, beautiful, enlightening and powerful...

learning te reo Māori is important to me because it is the reo of my tupuna and our whenua Aotearoa/NZ...

Tangata whenua...

I want to learn more about Maori people and improve my Maori language...

Whoops I meant to sign up earlier...

Because Te Reo Maori is not spoken anywhere else in the world...

As a Maori wahine I think it is very important , it's apart of who I am...

Te Reo Maori is an official language of NZ, it's our culture and history...

I have three tamariki under 3...

We can each contribute in some small way to effect great change...

It is a language that belongs in New Zealand and I would never what to see it die out...

Ko te Reo ake o Aotearoa nei he reo o te tangata whenua...

I would like to move to New Zealand and become part of the community...

So I can help my grandchildren ...

Kia whiua ki te ao, ki nga iwi katoa ...

I think it's an important part of being a New Zealand that we have a good grasp of Te Reo...

I am a wahine Māori, who grew up without knowing how to speak Te Reo Māori...

To strengthen and normalise the reo spoken at my kura...

Learning Te Reo deserves the recognition and respect to ensure it becomes the norm in my son and mokopuna lives...

We want to celebrate our Bicultural partnership and heritage ...

Because my school is doing ut and I wouod like to contribute to the schools moments!...

Because te reo Māori is the way we can create equality and what makes us unique as Kiwis...

Learning about history and culture is important...

Recognising our taonga that is te reo Māori...

I want to be able to speak fluent Te Reo so I can connect to my culture...

To make te reo Māori commonplace and make Aotearoa a truly bilingual country...

I am proud to be Māori and believe that our language is beautiful...

Tena Koutou...

I am Maori, and sharing my reo has always been paramount...

To revitalise the indegenous language of New Zealand...

My Dad & Mum always encouraged me to learn more about our Maori culture, food, land and whakapapa...

because Te Reo is our national language and I know very little Te Reo...

it is a huge part of the country I live in...

I have recently been blessed with a great-grandson...

To reconnect with my tūpuna and to be a better future health care professional for my Māori patients - so...

Na aku Tipuna i takoha mai tenei taonga ki wau, na reira kia tika ana kia tukuna atu awau ki...

I'm a hungarian woman and I'd like to move to New Zealand...

To help make New Zealand a more equitable society, so that everyone can have the opportunity to thrive...

The language is beautiful and understanding each kupu enables a better understanding of living in Aotearoa...

Because I believe Māori should be taught as a second language to everyone in school (made compulsory to learn)...

It was beautiful to share the waiata with our choir in a way that help to promote Te Reo...