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'

 

Nga mihi mahana kia koutou, I wanted to briefly share my appreciation for your kaupapa...

For much of my early life especially, I was penalised for being Maori and successful...

Kia Ora, my journey in Te Reo began 18yrs ago when my middle daughter attended a primary school that labeled...

for myself as well as for my tamariki and mokopuna...

Because its my whakapapa my right to speak my language without any problems...

My Tamariki...

It is a love movement - let's love on our country and hear this precious gift being used...

I have always wanted to korero fluently in Maori...

I would love to go back to my marae and be able to understand what is being said, as a...

This is who we are and it's time to give our indigenous language a stronger voice...

Its my turangawaewae who I am and where and I'm from ...

I struggled with my identity growing up being half maori and half euro/slav...

I left Aotearoa for 35 years and coming home, learning the Reo was the best way to celebrate the manawa...

My dad is Māori so i support him as in that culture...

Learning Te Reo is part of expanding my own culture...

Te Reo and Te Ao Maori are fundamental to all that we do here in Aotearoa...

Maori is a beautiful language and ive always wanted to learn...

Important to promote and keep te reo Maori alive...

Te reo rangatira e...

It’s important for me to take part because growing up I never learnt Te Reo...

I've just had a daughter and more than ever I want her to grow up acknowledging her maori whanaunga...

As an educator I believe it's part of my commitment to the Tiriti o Waitangi to korero mai and play...

Because Te reo Maori is an important part of NZ...

It so is important to be apart of this kaupapa because Our Reo Our Te Ao Māori was taken from...

I'm a kiwi, Te Reo Māori is an official language of my country, yet I can't speak it...

I have for years ignored my tikanga because of the lifestyle I inhabited I cared little for my Whenua at...

I love languages and having migrated from Malaysia 3 years ago I think you should know Maori to live in...

I want to hear te reo maori being spoken everywhere, not just at wananga and kura...

I never got the chance to know my roots my culture outlet te reo I wann be able pass that...

Naaku tamariki...

Promote our beautiful language...

It is who we are! ...

Want to continue my hikoi into te reo and understand more when at the pā, and for e tama mā...

To strengthen our identity as tangata whenua in Aotearoa and to share the beauty of our reo ...

Because I would love to teach the up and coming generations of what I was taught from my tupuna...

Whilst I am not of Maori descent my husband and baby boy are...

My taua never got to speak te reo Māori, so I will for her...

Supporting growth in culture ...

I was born in NZ and I feel that it is essential for us as a nation to embrace our...

To feel connected to my culture and Te Reo...

I was born in NZ and I feel that it is essential for us as a nation to embrace our...

Ko tōku reo tōku ohooho Ko tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea Ko tōku reo tōku whakakai mārihi Ko te Reo...

I want to learn my culture ...

So I can help my son to grow and learn about his Maori heritage and for him to be able...

I feel now is the right time for me to start my journey...

Because being Māori is a huge part of who we are, and what makes New Zealand what it is...

Māori language is one of New Zealand’s treasures and an exciting new language learning adventure!...

i want to be able to eventually be a speaker on the marae to represent taku whānau...

As an Early Childhood Teacher in training, it is so important that we uphold our bicultural curriculum and ensure the...

Learning te reo helps me better understand my own culture and feel my place in my culture, a belonging...

Because I've lived in countries that push down the first nations cultures, and I don't want that to happen here...

Our culture and our language is who we are...

Because I've lived in countries that push down the first nations cultures, and I don't want that to happen here...

New Zealand is home, and what more can make me feel closer to home, is learning the language...

The reason why I wanted to take part in Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori is that since we are...

The reason why I decided to take part in Te wiki o Te Reo Maori is because as a young...

Because I wan't to learn more about Te Reo...

So That it is and Will Always Be Passed Down Generation to Generations ...

Language is the bridge to ones mind and soul...

I want to be a part of the change, not the problem...

Kia ora my name is hola i am tongan and the reason why i want to take part because i...

Because I believe in reclaiming the language that was lost...

Because I am proud to be Maori...

Because I'm a New Zealander, and through learning the language of my tangata whenua, we learn about te ao maaori,...

I’m hopeless with learning any language, but I don’t want my kids to be like me...

Te reo Maori is a beautiful language that to me is an important part of our identity as a country...

Te Reo is connection to culture, and land, to my past, present & future...

To pass down our ways as I wasn't shown it's been a long journey to get to where I am...

The Māori culture is part of NZ and plays an important role in our history and our future - I...

I feel as though I owe it to myself, my kids, my community and country and fellow NZ'ers to do...

I am maori and I know more japanese and spanish than my own language...

It’s the language of our Tangata whenua and the nurturing of it is important in decolonising Aotearoa...

I am maori...

It's important because my generation was disconnected from the language and successive governments have never had the courage to make...

It's important to learn Māori for me, I'm getting older and have little knowledge of the Reo...

I never got the chance to know my roots my culture outlet te reo I wann be able pass that...

I really want to help people become absorbed and involved in Te Reo...

I am new to New Zealand and beginning to learn Te Reo has taught me of the deep cultural and...

I am a 5th generation new zealander with a passion and love for this land ...

I would like my children to grow up hearing and speaking te reo...

Learn a new language...

I am a proud Kiwi and part of this is being able to speak te reo Māori in my opinion...

Its who I am...

It is my heritage and my love...

As a child I spoke fluently, as time went by and those who spoke with me passed on, so did...

i want to one more person learning te reo as i think that te reo māori should be spoken more...

I have chose to make my home in Aoteroa, as part of that there is a definite obligation to do...

As a manuhiri myself I believe that it is important to respect the tāngata whenua and to learn their tikanga,...

knowledge is power...

Our daughter's husband is part Maori and we want to be able to help our grandkids to speak Te Reo...

I feel so disconnected to our culture...

I don't have any confidence about trying to correctly say any names or words in te reo and I would...

I would love to participate for not only myself, for my whanau, friends & future children who need to learn...

Returning back from living in USA for 4 years I didn’t realise how patriotic I became...

It's important for me to learn because my mum was a fluent speaker but was whipped at school for speaking...

To encourage my tamahine to be proud of her taha Maori...

I love my students ❤ and I want to understand them on a deeper level...

To learn more Maori to support me in my role in Ece implementing Maori language with our younger generation to...