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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Because it can help me get a job and I actually enough getting to understand what is being said...

Te Reo Māori is beautiful and important to me because this is our Identity and who we are as a...

Te Reo is important to me as it is language of the country I was born in...

For my tamariki - for our future ❤️...

I believe that Te Reo is part of our NZ identity...

Growing up I was exposed to little to no Te Reo Māori even though I knew it was important to...

I started as I needed a new thing to get my brain moving I am tutored by my son once...

I was not encouraged to learn te reo growing up ...

Ko Ben Nevis rāua ko Pūtauaki ngā Maunga te rū nei tāku ngākau...

I started to see the Maori language as part of New Zealand's heritage during a train journey to the mountains...

Never was raised speaking te reo and now that I am home I am on my reo journey...

Because it is essential for unity in Aotearoa New Zealand ...

Mo te organga o toku pa harakeke...

Firstly, it is a beautiful language, Secondly, we need to honor partnership under the Treaty - this is such a...

Atamarie, My journey is very long and I have been in the zone of wanting to learn te reo since...

It is long overdue that Pakeha make efforts to learn about, value and connect with Te Reo...

Te reo Måori is beautiful! Matauranga Måori teaches us what the world needs more of, how to value and take...

I moved from Australia 8 years ago and am very respectful of how culture, the environment and people are all...

My why is for the lost generation of māori ...

As a tauiwi, I am learning that anyone and everyone can be a part of the revitalisation of te reo...

I tōku whānau, karekau ngā tāngata e kōrero Māori...

Simply put it is a language that has been suppressed for 150 years and is right now being rejuvenated...

I think its my duty as a Māori man to learn and encourage others to normalise Te Reo Māori and...

Ko wai au? Ko te reo he korero tuturu mo matou katoa...

For me being on my learning journey, it makes me feel more at home...

By learning Te Reo and appreciating things Maori, this will enrich the lives of all New Zealanders...

Tena Koutou When I as 7 years Utan our vegetable shop our Maori customer spoke Maori to us I replied...

I know my reo is in my DNA, I wear the face of my Tupuna...

It's my birthright...

As an ex-ECE teacher I am well aware of the need to value our bicultural NZ history and to keep...

Te reo is an official language of this country...

It is important to understand our shared history of Aotearoa and the incremental negative phases that took place during the...

I grew up in Christchurch in from the late 1960's and didn't learn te reo at home or school...

It is important for me to be taking part in this awesome kaupapa as I want to be eventually in...

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori...

There are many reasons I'm learning Te Reo Māori, but the main reason for me is about being part of...

It's like a part of my DNA is missing...

Because i have seen the terrible inequality for our Maori people who were here before my ancestors and i feel...

Because I love Te Reo and I want to make sure my tamariki and Mokopuna hear it in their home...

It's a recognised NZ language that ALL New Zealanders should embrace and learn ...

I am learning te reo Māori because te reo is a taonga...

I lost touch with my reo when I left school 10 years ago and in my whanau at the time...

So many reasons...

No Airangi ahau...

Kia ora ko au ko te maunga ko te maunga ko au, I am one of many in my immediate...

At high school it was my passion it was my reason to go to be apart of something, I become...

Ānei ētahi kupu nā te waiata "Nei rā te kaupapa" e whakamārama pai ana i ōku whakaaro mō te reo...

I am a Kiwi and Te Reo Māori is one of the national languages of my country: as a citizen...

To uphold the Treaty of Waitangi...

I am a 51 year old Pākehā wahine and I have been wanting to learn te reo for some time...

To connect to my country and to support my daughters as they learn te reo as well...

You cannot share what you do not have, so i want to share a lot to nga tamariki by learning...

It’s important to me because, I am Maori and proud to be...

Because it’s important to keep this beautiful language alive, because I enjoy it, to connect with Maori culture and to...

I’m learning te reo Māori because it makes me feel connected to the motu & helps give me a kōrero...

To support my own ako and to tautoko my work environment...

I owe it to my tupuna to carry on our Reo and our Māoritanga...

I am learning Maori because it’s one of my cultures...

It's who we are and it's ours the reo the tikanga the knowledge is beautiful and as Maori we need...

It's who we are and it's ours the reo the tikanga the knowledge is beautiful and as Maori we need...

Learning Te Reo Maori, Speaking Te Reo Maori, Thinking in Te Ao Maori gives me purposes and focus to all...

I am a Dutch born Kiwi, arriving to this incredible country when I was 4 - when we first arrived,...

I grew up learning different languages from other countries growing up in New Zealand...

To support me in my mahi and my mokopuna ...

Ko Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho!...

The movement to refocus on Te Reo Maori is very important to me...

I want to learn Maori as its the language of our country...

First I started to learn haka and I realized that understanding the meanings behind Te Reo I'd understand myself, my...

Going on 23 years ago my daughters’ dad, who is Rongowhakaata, enrolled her into Te Kohanga Reo & I was...

As so much of our heritage has been hidden, so too was my knowledge of even being Maori...

I want to find out mre about my ancestor's I want to know my Maori history where I'm from what...

Te Reo is a beautiful, melodic language belonging to a culture that has much to teach us all...

Te Reo Maori language connect me to my roots, my culture and Identity...

Perhaps to inspire, enlighten and encourage someone else...

Kei te Kura Kaupapa Māori tētahi o aku mokopuna, koira taku hiahia...

i te tau o iwa tekau ma rua i hoki mai ki Aotearoa ano ...

Kia ora, It's lovely to have a language which is home grown...

ko te aha te take i ako ahau i te reo maaori, naa te mea he tino taonga e kawe...

Learning Te Reo is an issue of respect for me, it shows that I respect nga tangata and nga motu...

My mother was from the generation who were strapped at school for speaking Maori so we were admonished from speaking...

I identify as Maori and know I am Maori but feel incomplete and something missing until I am fluent in...

I attended Waikato University in 1973 and acquired my Diploma of Secondary Teaching with Honourds and started Teachining at Forest...

Te reo Māori is such a beautiful language and I believe it should be used more and more here in...

I started learning Te Reo to be included...

Kei te ako ahau i korero maori...

It’s important to me as it’s my husband’s heritage and the culture of our country...

My biggest drive is absolutely my children, mokopuna and future generations...

Because it's a beautiful language that makes Aotearoa unique...

I am learning Te Reo because it connects me to my culture...

I did it to save my wairua ...

Well I came from home where my mum and dad and their siblings all spoken te reo maori but when...

I didn't realise until I got older that I was missing part of the essence of my being māori ie;...

te reo Maori is so beautiful, it just cannot be lost, it is so important that it flourishes and needs...

I am a NZer who has recently returned home having lived in London for 24 years...

I want to learn the language of the people of new Zealand I have many friends that have taken me...

Te Reo is a big part of my story and I want to actively tell my story in the language...

I was not born or raised in New Zealand but now that I am making a home here it is...

I want to learn the language of the people of new Zealand I have many friends that have taken me...

My why is my children...

Whakapapa...