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'

 

It's very important to be connected with our local communities and culture...

My father grew up in Awarua in the far north and his first language he was taught was te reo...

Any language is a treasure...

I'm a new zealander...

I am a Pakeha, but I would like to learn Maori as it is an important part of Aotearoa's culture,...

Decolonisation is critical for healing...

I will have just moved back from London...

Because it’s a shame and shameful not to take part ❤️...

I am originally from Ireland and have lived in Aotearoa for 16 years, I love the Te Reo Maori language...

I understand and can korero some but need more interaction with fluent speakers of Te reo Maori...

Being maori is a privilege, and not knowing how to speak te reo maori breaks my heart,its important to me...

I love so much about our indigenous culture and wairua and am enriched by everything I learn about it...

I live in Melbourne, Australia and I have Kiwi/Maori students at my school...

Because of my whãnau, I want them to be more culturally immersed ...

I would like to be able to learn te reo maori, so that I can pass it on to my...

Acknowledge our whakapapa...

Our beautiful bi-cultural nation of Aotearoa needs to embrace and support the growth and development of Te Reo Māori...

I want Te Reo to be organic and typical in all kiwi lifestyles...

To spread the awareness of te reo as a means to know your identify ...

It's part of New Zealand's culture and its important we embrace that and honour it...

I live in this country and it would be a shame (on me) if I could not even speak a...

Language is the root of every culture...

Our unique indigenous language should be an integral part of being a kiwi...

I'm a beginner learner and loved studying Te Ara Reo Māori last year and wanted to continue to improve my...

Because I live in Aotearoa...

Because Aotearoa is the only country that acts as the repository for te reo Maori...

Because I love the Māori language and I would love to learn more and be a part of teaching more...

he tangata māori ahau o Aotearoa...

I live in Canada, makes me feel closer to my culture and tupuna...

My children are Maori and my wife is fluent in Te Reo, I need to catch up...

To promote Te reo Māori to keep it alive for many generations...

Because I want to be more confident in using Te Reo every day...

I want to join jag n and have fun...

I am fascinated with the culture and the importance of te reo Māori...

I am Maori...

To help me have structure to help me start my Te Reo journey...

I’ve always wanted to learn Māori—it is a beautiful language and connects me to the whenua, even living in the...

So I can learn more about my heritage and learn how to speak Maori ...

Te reo māori is important to me as a pākehā who is committed to the treaty...

I believe te reo is important, and I want to show my support of this...

I wish to understand what is being spoken and written...

to be one and a 1000,000...

Because I care for my culture it takes a big part of my life and heart...

Coz I want to...

I'm not a fluent speaker, but I try every day to use what Māori I have ia ra, ia ra...

Maori is apart of me, it’s who I am and therefore understanding more of who I am is important for...

Celebrating te Reo Māori is a priority for me, to help recognise the rich culture and heritage we have here...

Being disconnected from whakaapapa and culture, It's important for me to push myself to reconnect, restore and reclaim my Maori...

Whuia te reo...

I grew up in kohanga and kura kaupapa then when I was 8 years old I was transferred to a...

It is important as I would like to embrace the culture we have in NZ...

I wanna know maori causal language...

It's important to me on a personal level as well as a professional level...

The reason why I took part is that I believe that Te Reo Maori is NZ 's national language and...

I grew up around a lot of Maori but never really had the opportunity to learn even though I was...

It is important for me to take part because I am part maori and I use to be able to...

To improve my understanding of te reo and hopefully be confident to use the language on a daily basis...

New Zealand is my home now (since Oct 2000) and I feel closer to the land and to the people...

Maori is a shared main language of Aotearoa along with sign language and English...

Because the Maori language is part of our history and culture...

I would like to be part of the journey, and learn more...

Te Reo is sadly missing in the workplace...

I want children to be excited about speaking the unique language of te reo Maaori and this is just one...

As someone proud of my Māori whakapapa but not a fluent speaker of te reo (a regret I hope to...

Constitutionally we're a bicultural nation, so being bilingual seems appropriate ...

Important to learn our reo so it won’t be lost...

I strongly believe that we need to continue to lift the Maori language throughout NZ...

I love hearing people speak te reo and always shy away from learning it myself...

I think ancient languages and tūpuna have so much to tell and teach as humans, no matter what part of...

My mum and her whānau were punished at school for speaking Te Reo which was brutal considering that was all...

Because it's important to keep traditional languages alive and I'd like to encourage younger people to learn Maori...

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Te reo should be used everywhere...

It's an important part of being a New Zealander...

It's important for me to take part because I live in NZ where Maori is an official language...

As a Maori in Aotearoa/NZ this is an important part of everyday life ...

I think the Maori language is beautiful and I think it's important that all children learn the basics at school,...

To connect with the people, land and language of Aotearoas ancestors...

I respect Maori people as tangata whenua of this land and the language as their identity and taonga just l...

I would love to speak te reo...

Because I am Māori and I work in the Māori freshwater space...

Having pride in one of our official languages of Aoteoroa...

Recognising that the Maori language is the language and culture of the Country I live in...

The Reo is a part of who I am, it is our history, it is the first language for our...

I want to learn more te reo and really like this idea...

Because we need to enhance Te Reo Maori more in our country...

Sir James Henare- the language is the core of our Māori culture and mana...

I am taking part because I want to make a change...

Hei whakanuia i tōku reo, i tōku tuakiri ...

WE want to encourage our tamariki to learn maori and be part of a movement...

Because I was not brought up with the reo and am a grandmother,great grandmother and no longer want to feel...

The best way to preserve our beautiful indigenous languages is to learn it and use it, every day...

To be apart of the kaupapa to celebrate our language ...

Ki Te Ako tonu i Te reo maori...

It's an important part of calling Aotearoa home and, as a Pakeha, it helps me to connect to, respect and...

To help them celebrate maori...

I've recently started to learn te reo and have only just realised how much this means to my sense of...

it is important to me to take part as i am of Maori decent and I have a passion for...

Te Reo Maori is a taonga and a beautiful gift to be honoured...

Me akona i te reo Māori i roto i Aotearoa!...