Te Pae Kōrero | Who's Joined

There are many things that define New Zealanders and connect us to our home but te reo Māori is unique.

Everyone had their own reasons for wanting to take part in the Māori Language Moment and Movement - explore them below and share your favourites to inspire others to get involved.

Honour our past, celebrate the present, and join together for our future.

Kia kaha te reo Māori!
Kia kaha Aotearoa!

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The significance is as a nation, we can embrace the language of scriptural truth, and not miss out in delivering Gods word, in our own language in “Te Reo Maori”!...

The significance is as a nation, we can embrace the language of scriptural truth, and not miss out in delivering Gods word, in our own language in “Te Reo Maori”!...

Te Reo Maori is one of three official languages in Aotearoa...

Te Reo Maori is one of three official languages in Aotearoa...

I want to support...

I want to support...

It’s important because this is me acknowledging my ancestors and also acknowledging the world we live in today Freedom of speech and all that...

It’s important because this is me acknowledging my ancestors and also acknowledging the world we live in today Freedom of speech and all that...

I am a Pakhea and as a New Zealander I lucky to have two official languages...

I am a Pakhea and as a New Zealander I lucky to have two official languages...

Proud of my culture X...

Proud of my culture X...

For all of Aotearoa to learn and grow as a whole hapori...

For all of Aotearoa to learn and grow as a whole hapori...

For my whanau and for my own continuous learning journey...

For my whanau and for my own continuous learning journey...

What drives me to learn Te Reo Maori is to honour the Tangata Whenua of this land by making sure as tau iwi I put in the Mahi to educate myself and those around me on tino rangatiratanga to create a more inclusive Aotearoa community...

What drives me to learn Te Reo Maori is to honour the Tangata Whenua of this land by making sure as tau iwi I put in the Mahi to educate myself and those around me on tino rangatiratanga to create a more inclusive Aotearoa community...

So that I can be closer to my tupuna, my hapu and whanau...

So that I can be closer to my tupuna, my hapu and whanau...

My identity is bound to my ancestral language...

My identity is bound to my ancestral language...

I am South African so have to work extra hard to teach Maori...

I am South African so have to work extra hard to teach Maori...

My why is my whānau, my whakapapa and the generations to come...

My why is my whānau, my whakapapa and the generations to come...

Te Reo is such a beautiful language and I feel that learning even a little more each year can only be beneficial to me and my family...

Te Reo is such a beautiful language and I feel that learning even a little more each year can only be beneficial to me and my family...

I am in Australia but still call Aotearoa my home...

I am in Australia but still call Aotearoa my home...

At 5 years old my family were placed in Aōtearoa as refugees from Iran...

At 5 years old my family were placed in Aōtearoa as refugees from Iran...

It is important for us to take part because Te Reo is an official language of New Zealand and it is important that our students learn how to speak it and normalise it in everyday conversation...

It is important for us to take part because Te Reo is an official language of New Zealand and it is important that our students learn how to speak it and normalise it in everyday conversation...

Ko te reo te Puutaketanga o te Ao Maaori, koinaa te take e perangi ana teenei ki te tautoko te kaupapa nei...

Ko te reo te Puutaketanga o te Ao Maaori, koinaa te take e perangi ana teenei ki te tautoko te kaupapa nei...

The resurgence of Te Reo Māori is awesome...

The resurgence of Te Reo Māori is awesome...

I want to be able to speak my language fluently and with confidence, and for the reo to become widespread across New Zealand...

I want to be able to speak my language fluently and with confidence, and for the reo to become widespread across New Zealand...

This is my culture...

This is my culture...

I want to take part to support a culture which I love (not my own) but that of my son and his whanau...

I want to take part to support a culture which I love (not my own) but that of my son and his whanau...

My mother and father didn't know Te Reo until their adulthood, while their children had it since they were born...

My mother and father didn't know Te Reo until their adulthood, while their children had it since they were born...

He taonga te reo Māori, me rere tō tatou reo rangatira!...

He taonga te reo Māori, me rere tō tatou reo rangatira!...

our language is our culture...

our language is our culture...

For my tamariki to become more versed in the reo...

For my tamariki to become more versed in the reo...

Following my heart...

Following my heart...

It is nz culture and it’s nice and important to me with my wife being Māori and im a foreigner from Asian country so it’s really good for me to learn and respect and honour this language of nz...

It is nz culture and it’s nice and important to me with my wife being Māori and im a foreigner from Asian country so it’s really good for me to learn and respect and honour this language of nz...

I just love learning about New Zealand's history and what it's like to be a Maori...

I just love learning about New Zealand's history and what it's like to be a Maori...

Mō āku tamariki...

Mō āku tamariki...

Personal growth learning te reo maori...

Personal growth learning te reo maori...

A belief that te reo is one of NZ's taonga...

A belief that te reo is one of NZ's taonga...

I am part Maori (Te Rarawa decent) and have been learning Te Reo over the past 2 years so I can be more confident in using it in my classes with my tamariki and also for my own personal growth as Maori...

I am part Maori (Te Rarawa decent) and have been learning Te Reo over the past 2 years so I can be more confident in using it in my classes with my tamariki and also for my own personal growth as Maori...

Kia kaha te reo Māori!...

Kia kaha te reo Māori!...

To learn, understand and respect tikanga Maori...

To learn, understand and respect tikanga Maori...

It's important for te reo Māori to flourish as it's unique to Aotearoa...

It's important for te reo Māori to flourish as it's unique to Aotearoa...

identity...

identity...

To be part of what a New Zealander is...

To be part of what a New Zealander is...

To speak Maori...

To speak Maori...

To actively promote maori language use...

To actively promote maori language use...

love learning more about the language and culture...

love learning more about the language and culture...

Because I am Maori and i want to learn about my culture...

Because I am Maori and i want to learn about my culture...

So I can be more in touch with the native language...

So I can be more in touch with the native language...

Te Reo Māori has been a significant part of my life and it has given me a lot of purpose and direction with my life path and my identity...

Te Reo Māori has been a significant part of my life and it has given me a lot of purpose and direction with my life path and my identity...

Because I believe Te Reo should be part of our everyday lives...

Because I believe Te Reo should be part of our everyday lives...

I am new to Aotearoa New Zealand and te reo Maori is a unique and wonderful part of the fabric of the land and people...

I am new to Aotearoa New Zealand and te reo Maori is a unique and wonderful part of the fabric of the land and people...

I'm of Cook Island decent born n breed in NZ, I attended Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Maori with my son back in the 90's and worked for Te Wananga o Aotearoa in childcare...

I'm of Cook Island decent born n breed in NZ, I attended Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Maori with my son back in the 90's and worked for Te Wananga o Aotearoa in childcare...

I’m on a personal journey moving from Te Po to Te Ao...

I’m on a personal journey moving from Te Po to Te Ao...

Education and understanding...

Education and understanding...

so that i can learn how to speak maori and understand maori and yea thats all i can think off...

so that i can learn how to speak maori and understand maori and yea thats all i can think off...

Supporting my Maori friends retain their culture...

Supporting my Maori friends retain their culture...

Because if I take that time to learn I won't be so whakama about not being able to speak Te Reo Maori...

Because if I take that time to learn I won't be so whakama about not being able to speak Te Reo Maori...

Te reo is our national language important to integrate te reo into the curriculum daily where possible...

Te reo is our national language important to integrate te reo into the curriculum daily where possible...

To stay true to who I am as Maori & be encouraged to speak what Te Reo I do know...

To stay true to who I am as Maori & be encouraged to speak what Te Reo I do know...

The uniqueness of te reo Māori is a taonga...

The uniqueness of te reo Māori is a taonga...

Because I feel as though, I’m missing a part of Who I am as a person...

Because I feel as though, I’m missing a part of Who I am as a person...

Te reo Maori is one of our official languages...

Te reo Maori is one of our official languages...

acknowledge, celebrate, identify...

acknowledge, celebrate, identify...

It has been one regret I have in life is not learning te reo, not just at home but being so far away in the UK it’s been even harder to learn when You don’t have the confidence but also being isolated out in the sticks so Video calling has been my saviour!...

It has been one regret I have in life is not learning te reo, not just at home but being so far away in the UK it’s been even harder to learn when You don’t have the confidence but also being isolated out in the sticks so Video calling has been my saviour!...

Te Reo Maori is one of our 3 official languages, and our first language...

Te Reo Maori is one of our 3 official languages, and our first language...

As I am doing a Te Reo course at work I would like to improve and extend my knowledge of the Maori language as well as understanding Maori Matauranga...

As I am doing a Te Reo course at work I would like to improve and extend my knowledge of the Maori language as well as understanding Maori Matauranga...

As a Māori I strongly believe that our culture and language deserves more respect and acknowledgement that it has been given...

As a Māori I strongly believe that our culture and language deserves more respect and acknowledgement that it has been given...

Personally I think learning Te Reo Māori and the Tikanga connects us back to Papatuanuku, reminds us about what it really means to be not only Māori, but to be a human being - to take our minds away from the material world we have become so immersed in, and to appreciate the people and the earth in which surrounds us and REALLY actually matter in our lives (that was quite deep 😂)...

Personally I think learning Te Reo Māori and the Tikanga connects us back to Papatuanuku, reminds us about what it really means to be not only Māori, but to be a human being - to take our minds away from the material world we have become so immersed in, and to appreciate the people and the earth in which surrounds us and REALLY actually matter in our lives (that was quite deep 😂)...

Although I am Pakeha I feel a strong connection to all things Maori and I love sharing this beautiful taonga with the pepi in my care in our ECE centre...

Although I am Pakeha I feel a strong connection to all things Maori and I love sharing this beautiful taonga with the pepi in my care in our ECE centre...

Ko matou enei!...

Ko matou enei!...

Te Reo Māori is important to me because it connects me with my tūpuna, my whakapapa, my whenua...

Te Reo Māori is important to me because it connects me with my tūpuna, my whakapapa, my whenua...

Its future...

Its future...

In 2017 I went to the Waitangi Day celebrations at Otakou Marae...

In 2017 I went to the Waitangi Day celebrations at Otakou Marae...

To strengthen te reo Maaori in Aotearoa...

To strengthen te reo Maaori in Aotearoa...

i have lived in australia for to long i have forgotten maori tanga whaikorero...

i have lived in australia for to long i have forgotten maori tanga whaikorero...

He taonga te reo rangatira - tiakina, kōrerohia te reo kia ora ai...

He taonga te reo rangatira - tiakina, kōrerohia te reo kia ora ai...

To communicate with others for example learn sign language...

To communicate with others for example learn sign language...

Taking part during the natives is important since this is actually their land so we should respect and celebrate their language!...

Taking part during the natives is important since this is actually their land so we should respect and celebrate their language!...

Because our language is going away and I want to do my part in keeping it around for my kids to learn...

Because our language is going away and I want to do my part in keeping it around for my kids to learn...

To keep our language strong...

To keep our language strong...

Ko tāku, kia parakatihi I tōku nei Reo Maori...

Ko tāku, kia parakatihi I tōku nei Reo Maori...

Kia tautoko te kaupapa o te wiki o te reo Māori...

Kia tautoko te kaupapa o te wiki o te reo Māori...

Speaking Te reo Maori is important for all Kiwis...

Speaking Te reo Maori is important for all Kiwis...

Important to learn the native language of the land and I believe language is culture...

Important to learn the native language of the land and I believe language is culture...

Because I'm a proud New Zealander and te reo Maori is part of this countries heritage...

Because I'm a proud New Zealander and te reo Maori is part of this countries heritage...

I believe that it is incumbent on us all and especially immigrants like myself to be respectful and to learn as much as we can about the culture of the Tangata Whenua and Te Reo is essential to this understanding...

I believe that it is incumbent on us all and especially immigrants like myself to be respectful and to learn as much as we can about the culture of the Tangata Whenua and Te Reo is essential to this understanding...

Connection...

Connection...

Because people should know the language of the land or at least acknowledge it...

Because people should know the language of the land or at least acknowledge it...

It is a very special event...

It is a very special event...

Our Reo is a taonga, and I'm determined to pass it on to my tamariki - already my kotiro speaks and understands more than I did at her age!...

Our Reo is a taonga, and I'm determined to pass it on to my tamariki - already my kotiro speaks and understands more than I did at her age!...

I love singing and tu tiri mai nga iwi is my favorite song...

I love singing and tu tiri mai nga iwi is my favorite song...

Respect and appreciation of my Māori ancestry and culture...

Respect and appreciation of my Māori ancestry and culture...

Awesome to appreciate our national language and ensure it remains an important part of our culture and society as a country...

Awesome to appreciate our national language and ensure it remains an important part of our culture and society as a country...

Because it is what makes New Zealand , New Zealand...

Because it is what makes New Zealand , New Zealand...

Because I want everyone to feel brave and confident about speaking te red Maori in my family...

Because I want everyone to feel brave and confident about speaking te red Maori in my family...

It is important to recognize that Te Reo Māori is an amazing and beautiful part of our culture, to learn and to speak...

It is important to recognize that Te Reo Māori is an amazing and beautiful part of our culture, to learn and to speak...

I have migrated to Aotearoa 27 years ago and I hardly know anything about Te Reo so I thought it is time to try learning the language of the land and connect with indigenous culture...

I have migrated to Aotearoa 27 years ago and I hardly know anything about Te Reo so I thought it is time to try learning the language of the land and connect with indigenous culture...

I want to know my ancestors and there native tongue...

I want to know my ancestors and there native tongue...

Even though I am not Maori and parents are immigrants, we all live in New Zealand and Maori should be embraced every week!...

Even though I am not Maori and parents are immigrants, we all live in New Zealand and Maori should be embraced every week!...

My 7month old daughter is Māori and i would like to support and uplift her journey in Te Reo Māori...

My 7month old daughter is Māori and i would like to support and uplift her journey in Te Reo Māori...

Because who said our language wasn’t as important as any other language? nobody!...

Because who said our language wasn’t as important as any other language? nobody!...

It's my language and culture and have been wanting to learn for a long time now...

It's my language and culture and have been wanting to learn for a long time now...

Would like to learn more about Maori culture...

Would like to learn more about Maori culture...

As a relatively new kiwi (I immigrated six years ago), I want to understand everything about Aotearoa...

As a relatively new kiwi (I immigrated six years ago), I want to understand everything about Aotearoa...

I originally belong to India and practice Sikh religion...

I originally belong to India and practice Sikh religion...