• Jax - Tairawhiti

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 3:50 PM

    Because if we don't who will?!

  • Sheri

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 3:50 PM

    Māori culture is a significant thread of NZ's culture and history.

  • Bridget - Invercargill

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 3:48 PM

    I want to help resurrect a dying language and culture.

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  • Margaret - Mangonui

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 1:08 PM

    Kia kaha te reo Māori

  • Oriana - Tamaki Makaurau

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 1:06 PM

    It's the language I was blessed to grow up around, always hearing it spoken on the many marae we visited.

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  • Charmaine - Lower Hutt

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 1:05 PM

    This is an opportunity to be able to influence understanding of Tikanga within my work environment.

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  • Carol - Masterton

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 1:04 PM

    Keeping the Māori Language alive is the responsibility of all new Zealanders.

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  • Bernard - Auckland

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 1:03 PM

    I am learning te reo as a way of showing respect to the tangata whenua.

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  • Amber - Tāmaki Makaurau

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 1:02 PM

    Kei te pīrangi au ki te hāpai Te Reo Māori mō tā tātou tamariki.

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  • Alisa - Wellington

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:58 PM

    This is a way for me to honour and acknowledge my birth place.

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  • Pip - Porirua

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:58 PM

    Te reo is our indigenous language.

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  • Fran - Lower Hutt

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:57 PM

    Te reo Māori is a taonga that we are so lucky to enjoy here in Aotearoa.

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  • Mikhail - Kaitaia

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:56 PM

    My 'Why' comes down to me wanting to be a good Treaty partner.

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  • Jennifer - Wellington

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:54 PM

    Build te reo capabilities at Te Tari Taiwhenua.

  • June - Christchurch

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:54 PM

    Te reo Māori belongs to all of us and as a kaiako I am inspired to share what I can to help preserve this taonga.

  • Louise - Auckland

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:53 PM

    As a kura we are committing to a bicultural Aotearoa NZ and supporting te Reo Maori: its past, present and future.

  • Tamsin - Queenstown

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:50 PM

    To revive the language and to be using it more down here where there is little Māori presence.

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  • Ernie - Gisborne Turanganui a kiwa.

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:48 PM

    Learning Te Reo for me is a way to rediscover my connection with my whakapapa and tipuna.

  • Joanna - Mangakino

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:47 PM

    To commend our Māori literates whether they are beginners or up standing fluent speakers representing our Māori ancestry belonging to Rangi and Papatūānuku. Mauri Ora.

  • Tanya - Tauranga

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:45 PM

    I'm a Kiwi - this is our heritage.

  • Maria - Auckland

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:45 PM

    As a Pākehā I am taking part to honour, validate and tautoko te reo Māori.

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  • Hazel - Whitianga

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:43 PM

    I want to be part of the revolution where te reo and tikanga Māori becomes front and centre in all of our lives in Aotearoa. It is the best way to go into the future.

  • Kathy - Little River

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:41 PM

    I want to be part of building the mana of our tangata whenua.

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  • Amanda - Auckland

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:40 PM

    To redeem our cultural heritage of New Zealand and to promote Te Reo in our school.

  • Peter - Hastings

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:39 PM

    It is a beautiful expressive language and to promote with using it daily is a way I can express my love of Tikanga and the Reo.

  • Ian - Tauranga

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:38 PM

    Learning Te Reo and Te ao Māori is important for us all to connect as people in this beautiful country.

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  • Varsha V

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:35 PM

    I started learning te reo Māori to communicate with our whānau and tamariki.

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  • Te Tari o Whakatuu - Nelson

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:35 PM

    Ko te reo Māori te kaupapa whakahirahira.

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  • Peter - Timaru

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:34 PM

    Every year Te reo maori is increasing my understanding of the language.

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  • Natasha - Wellington

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:32 PM

    Te Reo Māori is an official language of Aotearoa but has not been treated as such for several generations. We support more people learning Te Reo Māori.

  • Teaohou - Werribee

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:31 PM

    I have always wanted to learn my own language, and wanting too know more about our history.

  • Maia - Wellington

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:29 PM

    To be more comfortable and confident in my Māori identity.

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  • Makao - Rotorua

    Posted by · September 09, 2020 12:27 PM

    He Māori ahau, Ko te reo Māori tōku rongoā.

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  • Karen - Bayview

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 11:17 AM

    I am determined to be part of the solution so Māori people don't have to go through what I did.

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  • Ema - Auckland

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 11:16 AM

    As New Zealanders, we have a responsibility to learn Te Reo.

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  • Moana - Tokoroa

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 11:15 AM

    I believe I can play my part by learning the language of this land.

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  • Lisa

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 11:12 AM

    Te reo is one of our official languages and it speaks to our past and to our future.

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  • Annemie - Owhango

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 11:11 AM

    Only the original language captures that culture's essence! It is essential for Te Ao that Te Reo stays alive!

  • Carl

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 11:10 AM

    Māori culture connects to me at a deep level, it simply feels correct, relevant and true.

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  • Vicky

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 11:08 AM

    To learn more about my family's whakapapa, the history of my whānau and to reach out to more people.

  • Katrina - Tuakau

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 11:05 AM

    We are working hard in our kura to normalise our unique taonga - Te Reo Māori.

  • Jade - Kirikiriroa

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 11:04 AM

    Simply because it is my language.

  • Helen - Whangarei

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 11:02 AM · 1 reaction

    Language is the key to human connection and te reo is the language that connects us to the universe, the land and people.

  • Dez Martin - Wellington

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 11:02 AM

    Te reo has given me a stronger relationship to Papatūānuku and better understanding of who I am.

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  • Lyn

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 10:57 AM

    I think it is important to foster te reo because it is the language of Tangata Whenua, and it is a beautiful language that must not be lost.

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  • Lydia - Rotorua

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 10:56 AM

    Learning about who I am has gifted me with a sense of belonging.

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  • Rosalie - Tauranga

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 10:52 AM

    This is the first known language of New Zealand and we cannot afford to let it die.

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  • Melissa - Nelson

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 10:49 AM

    Learning te reo Māori strengthened my connection with nature and my understanding of the Māori culture.

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  • Bella

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 10:47 AM

    Starting a new journey, facing new challenges - it's a must for me. Listening to te reo being spoken is a wow factor. I feel it's my time to take this journey and see what's in store for me.

  • Roimata - levin

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 10:46 AM

     I'm proud of our reo, it is so humbling.

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  • Nicky - Gisborne

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 10:41 AM

    I am privileged to be part of such a unique race. I am just beginning my reo journey, and it's heartening to see a resurgence in learning about the Māori world.

  • Jocelyn - Tāmaki Makaurau

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 10:40 AM

    E hiahia ana au te whakakaha I tōku reo I ngā wā katoa i ngā wāhi katoa ahakoa te aha. Kia kore ai ta matou reo i ngaro.

  • Jasen - Malvern UK - a frequent visitor to Oamaru NZ

    Posted by · September 07, 2020 10:33 AM

    Through a love of language, I feel connected to people I have never met, living on the other side of the globe, who frequently described me as whānau

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  • Sequoia - Kaikohe

    Posted by · September 04, 2020 10:17 AM

    Speaking te reo Māori just represents who we are, and actually connects us with one another

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  • Elizabeth - Auckland

    Posted by · September 04, 2020 10:14 AM

    Learning to speak, to read, to listen, to sing in Māori will help me to connect with New Zealand and with Māori people.

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  • Erica - Roma

    Posted by · September 04, 2020 10:13 AM

    I'm an Italian girl and I started studying te reo 3 months ago. Since then I fell in love with Māori culture, respect and traditions. I am grateful to feel so close to you, even if I am on the other side of the world. Whakanui te Reo!

  • Kaea - Whangarei

    Posted by · September 04, 2020 10:06 AM

    So the language may develop to a point where we are not only generally speaking te reo Māori, but we are speaking our local dialect as well.

  • Kathleen - Porirua

    Posted by · September 04, 2020 10:05 AM

    Kei te kōrero Māori i nga wā katoa. He ako ahau, he tautoko te kaupapa, he tino ataahua i te ako i te reo Māori (:

  • Lingo - Auckland

    Posted by · September 04, 2020 10:03 AM

    Language is history, once the language is gone so is the story of the ancestors before us.

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  • Trina - Auckland

    Posted by · September 02, 2020 10:24 AM

    Learning te reo Māori has also challenged my own embedded cultural assumptions.

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  • Mairead - Dunedin

    Posted by · September 02, 2020 10:22 AM

    If I want to see change around the motu then I need to be part of that change!

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  • Kamrul - Auckland

    Posted by · September 02, 2020 10:22 AM

    If we do not preserve our reo, our taonga, then no one in the world will do it for us.

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  • Natalie - Palmerston North

    Posted by · September 01, 2020 3:57 PM

    So that we can normalise our beautiful taonga, Te Reo Māori, that was attempted to be eradicated from our tūpuna. Revatalise Te Reo Māori for generations to come! Mauri Ora!

  • Edem - USA

    Posted by · September 01, 2020 3:56 PM

    I am learning Te Reo, because languages are keys, to a people, their culture and their future.

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  • Taisha - Palmerston North

    Posted by · September 01, 2020 3:52 PM

    When I was younger, although I could understand te reo fairly well, I was rubbish at speaking it. Then when I got to high school a part of me just gave up learning. Looking back now I wish I hadn't. I want to do anything and everything I can now to make up for the decisions I made, that affected my abilities in all things Māori.

  • Ann - Vietnam

    Posted by · August 27, 2020 3:30 PM

    I want to teach my Vietnamese students some Te Reo Māori phrases!

  • Tiriana - Whakaoriori

    Posted by · August 27, 2020 3:02 PM

    I want to connect to my language and learn more.

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  • Leanne - Whangārei

    Posted by · August 27, 2020 12:05 PM

    My why? I missed out on learning te reo in my childhood home yet it was the first language of my grandparents.

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  • Claire - Tauranga

    Posted by · August 27, 2020 9:53 AM

    I want to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi as an immigrant to this country.

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  • Kylie - Brisbane

    Posted by · August 27, 2020 9:43 AM

    I want to pass on our ancestors' language to my tamariki.

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  • Toni - Whangārei

    Posted by · August 26, 2020 5:09 PM

    Reo Māori is the essence of who I am.

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  • Brittany - Te Whanganui-a-Tara

    Posted by · August 26, 2020 4:56 PM

    My why is my whakapapa.

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  • Taylor - Tāmaki Makaurau

    Posted by · August 26, 2020 4:42 PM

    I believe that it is important for everyone in Aotearoa, Māori or not to understand the importance of speaking te reo Māori. 

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