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 tōiriiri ki au te reo Māori...

Kia tangata whenua anoo ai too taatou reo...

He reo aroha, tohaina tenei reo aroha ...

My grandmother's generation were forced to speak a language that wasn't theirs...

I’m Pākehā so I will always feel like a guest in Aotearoa...

Maaori is a beautiful language that's embedded within a beautiful culture steeped in values of respect, inclusion, integrity and aspiration...

Te reo Maori enables me to connect...

I am 57 years old, a 5th generation Pākeha tane, ( i love being called Pākeha, i am definitely NOT...

Being a Maori who has recently returned to NZ from 23 years abroad, I feel the need to catch up...

I am a first generation kiwi from Dutch heritage...

We have a beautiful language and culture...

I lived overseas for a long time and wanted to reconnect with my homeland when I returned...

Kia ora Why am I learning te reo Māori? - he taonga te reo, our language is so very precious!...

I believe te reo is unique and distinct to Aotearoa, it is the first language of these islands, and as...

I want to be able to converse and understand our reo rangatira...

I'm 64 years old and can't even put a sentence together and when someone speaks or writes something in tereo...

I am learning for my matua who wouldn't speak te reo because he was beaten for it and for my...

To be confident and competent while I’m teaching our future tamariki of Aotearoa...

There are numerous number of reasons: ▪︎One of the three official languagesof NZ...

Because it is apart of my culture and I want to stay connected to it...

Would love to engage with whanau on our marae...

Because as a New Zealander who went through the education system in the 70's and 80's, I feel let down...

Kia Ora...

I started to learn te reo Māori about six years ago, because a friend and I were leading a preschool...

To enrich my life and philosophy...

As a Pākehā, I have been welcomed into wonderful spaces again and again and again as I learn te reo...

To make up for a missing part of my NZ identity...

Te Reo is the official language of Aotearoa, it is the language of land I am privileged to live on,...

I am learning te reo because it is one of New Zealand's languages and it seems respectful to honour our...

As a Pākeha I am aware of how much my people have taken from Māori...

Because it is the language of our land, our whenua and our culture...

Te reo & maoritanga are two of the most significant founding threads to the weaving of the human journey in...

I am a Primary School Teacher in Aotearoa so I have a responsibility to use Te Reo Māori in my...

I'm learning Te Reo Māori to normalise it within my community...

To acknowledge the fact that my parents brought us to New Zealand many years ago for a different life which...

Kia ora...

I love understanding more about who and what we are as people in Aotearoa...

Te Reo Maori is a right and a privilege it is important to access learning of Te Reo Maori then...

Its a bout inclusion for me...

I think it's important for me (and everyone in Aotearoa) to be able to understand and speak some Te Reo...

E ako ana ahau ki korero te re Maori, na te ma, i whakaaro au, he tino nui te korero...

I feel that as Te Reo is one of our national languages, it is important to know some words and...

It seems both pono me tika...

As a New Zealander it’s my responsibility to keep te reo Māori alive...

Ko te ohaaki ō tōku matua te take mā tāku whāinga ki te whakahoki te reo rangatira ki tōna kāinga...

I can finally express wahinetanga...

To claim back te reo and tikanga Māori for myself and for my whānau...

Te reo Maori is the native language of the tangata whenua and as such it needs to be spoken by...

It is my heritage and it is my duty to pass it in to my children and mokopuna...

I am at a point in my life where I feel the time is right...

I'm a classic example of a middle aged wahine who has Māori lineage but was brought up in a Pakeha...

I personally love learning te reo Māori because it’s like stepping into my tipuna’s world, how they connect, how they...

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana māori - Tihei Mauriora...

I'm Niuean and I'm fluent in my language...

It is part of our national identity and we need to treasure it...

What drives me (us) to be a part of Te Reo Māori...

For me, Te Reo encompasses Te Ao Maori completely - with Te Reo we have the culture, the history, the...

Why you are learning te reo Why am I learning te reo, because my tamariki have been educated through Kohanga,...

As a child growing up my mother never taught me or my bro and sis Te Reo, so I would...

As a primary school teacher I think it is important for us all to learn the Maori language...

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a bridge connecting Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pākehā...

As a new migrant in Aotearoa, and after four years choosing this land as a home...

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...