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'

 

First and foremost I enjoy it, simple...

To show respect and receive respect...

Learning to speak, understand & appreciate Te reo Māori is important to me because I have a daughter & I...

Long story short: because I live in Aotearoa & I love it here...

I joined the Maori language movement because I love my culture and wanted to keep it alive even more so...

7months ago my small young family moved away from our hometown and families...

Te reo Maori is impossible to separate from who & what I am...

Being able to korero in Te Reo Maori helps to answer questions around the culture, customs, whakapapa links and give...

Even as ngāti Pākeha o Aotearoa, te Ao Māori forms part of my being...

I’ve always been incredibly interested in the culture and language itself! I’m currently doing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in...

For my Tamariki and future Mokopuna & a responsibility to Tupuna for their battles in leaving Te Reo Māori for...

I am a proud daughter sister aunty mum and nan Maori wahinetoa who thru my heritage is my identity...

I started Te reo Māori in 4th form when it was introduced as a subject at high school - I...

Kia ora! I've wanted to learn te reo Maori for years, and on the day of the Covid lockdown I...

Learning te reo Maori has been important for me since I moved here from England 14 years ago...

Te Reo is important to me because it is the heart of Maori culture...

Ko Te Reo i te arero o aku tipuna...

For whanau and the wider community...

It helps connect me to my whanau, whenua and too all who call themselves kiwis...

I love te reo as a language and see it is as a taonga we need to keep alive and...

As a Kiwi of colonial descent over the last 10 years I have been learning about our true history and...

Firstly, because it is a taonga - a very special and unique treasure in Aotearoa that has equal status to...

My why is I love the Māori way of life I love the connection to the land...

Ataahua kori...

Kia ora e te whānau nui o Te Reo...

Because Te Reo Māori is the language of this land and it’s first people...

My why in Maoridom is everything...

I am learning Te Reo because I want it to be a part of my every day language and I...

I live in Australia but I grew up in Panama Road, Otahuhu and attended Otahuhu College - 40+ years ago...

I am raro and Māori...

Our reo helps define us, like in every culture...

I am Māori, Māori is me, I need to do this not just for me but for my tamariki, my...

I am learning Te Reo because as a teacher, I want to model to my students that learning their own...

Te Reo is the language of Aotearoa...

Because I am of maori decent and I need/want to know my own culture...

Kia ora...

'Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria'...

Taha wairua! Two wai combine to form my spirit, just as two people korero to make a connection...

I grew up in Northland in the 1950s and 60s in a Pakeha family...

Kia Ora ...

I'm learning Te Reo as it is the language of my country...

I want to be part of the movement to make te reo Maori heard and understood as a normal part...

Tena koutou...

It is important to me because it is a part of my identity, my whenua, my tūpuna, my tamariki and...

I am not from New Zealand but I came 2 years ago and fell in love with place and and...

My parents emigrated here with me in the 80s...

As Rosie Remmerswaal said, "Kāore ōku toto Māori, engari ko Aotearoa te whenua i whakatipu mai i a au" -...

I wrote this on a facebook site (about the Treaty and Bible which seeks to discuss and resolve issues): Been...

I'm maori so want to learn my language to understand my tipuna and the history of aotearoa...

It is fundamental to who we are...

I am bicultural Maori and European...

I really want to learn correct pronunciation and usage...

So I can share what my children are learning at school and daycare...

Whilst I don't think that I whakapapa Māori, by children do through their fathers...

I take part because of my obligations for reconciliation under Te Tiriti o Waitangi...

I think it is important for us all to have a basic understanding of Te Reo ...

My why is my whanau - I continue to try to include maori in my "everyday" as I feel it...

I grew up in Auckland not surrounded by the reo...

Tēnā koutou, I whānau mai au i tēnei whenua...

It is important to me to learn Te Reo Māori because I would love to be able to understand it...

Te reo Māori is unique and precious and I love learning how to pronounce it as best I can with...

Teaching and learning te reo Māori is important because our vision is that all children will grow up strong in...

Kia ora, my answer is simple...

Kia ora...

For me, being a New Zealander means knowing, understanding and respecting our past...

I think learning te reo is a positive step towards healing the harm that has occurred in our history...

I want to learn more the REO Māori Language...

I started because I'd lived overseas and learned another language fluently and it seemed like a good idea to learn...

I started my reo journey so that when the time comes I will be able to teach my mokopuna...

For myself and for my moko...

What drives me is living in Whakatu where there is very little Te Reo Māori spoken, and wanting to see...

I wanted to learn Te Reo and Tikanga Māori so I can understand more about Māoti and pay my respect...

Its uniquely ours...

I work in ece, and have found majority of tamariki Māori are attending english-medium services...

Tēnā koe...

It's our indigenous language (taonga) - good role modelling for my tamariki - I want to learn more...

I believe it is important to learn the indigenous Language and cultural practices of the land that we stand on...

I've been learning Te Reo for 4 years now - attending weekly classes with a bunch of like minded people...

The world plays rugby football, goes to ballet, makes fine wine...

As a new migrant to this country (been there 3 years now), it's very important for me to discover and...

It is important for me because my tupuna had the reo taken from them and I want to learn it...

It's a sense of belonging, part of who we are, it's a much calmer and peaceful way of doing everyday...

When I was young My grandfather spoke Te Reo, I thought all grandfathers spoke the reo...

Because Māori is who I am...

I started a course at Polytech this year in Health and wellbeing...

To increase my kete of knowledge...

Kia tangata whenua anō ai te reo ki te arero! ...

It is important to be part of the Maori movement as I missed out on learning te reo when I...

I am a Pākehā mother of Māori tāne...

I believe that we as a people have a good understanding of what has happened to us unfairly and under...

Last year I studied Tikanga level 3 with TWOA and this year I'm studying level 2 & 3 Te Reo...

Kia ora I love the language, as I'm a Early Childhood teacher...

I started my journey in 2011 & still on the journey, I love speaking & learning Te Reo & everything...

To feel closer to my tipuna, to know myself...

It is important to me as it will empower me by giving me confidence in learning Te reo...

He wāhine Hāmoa ahau...

Kia Ora! I’m learning te reo vocabulary so I can share it with my international students in ESOL class...

I love te reo Māori, it is the language of my people and it is who I am...

I want to embrace the culture of my adoptive country...