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'

 

unique culture...

It's my whakapapa!...

I am a Australian married to a maori man with 3 maori children...

Te Reo Maori is a precious NZ taonga and it is a joy to protect, speak and tautoku...

As part of our work in kindergarten it is important for us to promote te reo Maori and other bicultural...

Maori is an official language of Aotearoa and I am ignorant...

As an immigrant I had to find new roots in beautiful Aotearoa and learning to speak Māori is a way...

As a Pākehā with a longstanding personal and professional commitment to social justice I believe it is important that I...

In due time, my commitment to a New Zealander partner will become a commitment to his country...

Being welsh language is such an important part of your identity and the history of a country...

because my whole school is doing it, because i like to participate and because it is fun!...

He taonga tuku iho te reo nē!...

I believe it is essential that we truly become bilingual in Aotearoa...

I’m a kiwi, I believe te reo Maori is an important part of that...

To acknowledge the differences we have but to reiterate we are one, homo sapiens...

I feel as a nation we have become far better embracing and sharing in Maori culture and giving people confidence...

I like this idea...

I think te reo maori is an important part of our culture that we must preserve...

He taonga te reo i tuku iho mai i nga matua tupuna...

To embrace our kiwi culture and take part in something big...

l am of the generation where my parents and grandparents spoke te reo in our home all the time and...

To celebrate what it us to be a New Zealander...

I feel the older I get its something I think alot about and wish I could understand the language more...

Being Maori...

Its important to keep our reo alive and to share and learn our knowledge ...

We're in Aotearoa New Zealand and it's important we try and learn the language as otherwise it might struggle into...

This is my country; this is our reo that we celebrate...

It is important to value all things Maori and to encourage non Maori to participate and gain knowledge and understanding...

We want to embrace and take part of this wonderful historical event...

Because I should I am a Maori...

He Māori ahau...

Growing up in a predominantly paheka farming community, I didnt know who I was or who I connected with...

because its been a long time coming...

Maori is a beautiful language...

All NZers should be bilingual, ...

The team at Health Hawke's Bay feel it is important to celebrate the beautiful language that is Māori...

To be able to understand what is being said and to learn how to say words correctly...

To revitalize our reo Rangatira for our people and the next generation...

I would like to learn more about my culture and language...

A beautiful langauage and culture that is part of our country and we do not want to loose!...

I think it is vitally important te reo stays a living, active language in NZ...

To be a good Tiriti partner...

I am Maaori and citizen of NZ...

Link to live today...

As a school we want to support our tamariki, whanau & local iwi in reviving Te Reo Maori and helping...

te reo Māori is a beautiful language, and I hope it makes a massive resurgence in my lifetime...

It's a significant part of New Zealand's culture...

I started my Reo journey at the beginning of this year...

Kia whakaora ai te reo Māori i te ao Ōpaki :) ...

Learning Te Reo has been my goal for a long time...

i would love to learn the language living in NZ...

I would like to understand whaikorero at the marae and speak with my whanau in te reo...

Love Maori language!...

maori...

Māori kaupapa is important to be a part of...

Maori is deeply rooted in its language, culture and heritage, people of this land...

As New Zealanders we should all embrace the uniqueness of Aotearoa...

As a pākehā resident of Aotearoa New Zealand, I feel it is extremely important for me to play my part...

It's such a lovely language and deserves to be heard more...

Because it's part of our heritage as NZers...

To protect and honour our past and future ...

It's important to keep our unique culture and language alive...

Māori language is such an import part of keeping Māori tikanga alive and thriving...

I enjoy speaking te reo Māori and I want my baby too also!...

Coming from Ireland I strongly believe in the importance of protecting language as a part of culture...

I am hapu at the moment and have a 20month old daughter...

Te reo Māori is so beautiful and important, I 100% support it!...

To grow Te Reo Māori in Aotearoa:)...

To say ‘thank you ‘ to a country that has welcomed my family and I...

To encourage the students in my class to learn and speak te reo māori and make connections to their whanau...

It is our obligation and as part of Aotearoa to commit to keeping this Reo alive...

Part of being a New Zealander, and unique to New Zealand...

The use of te reo was actively reduced, it must be revived because it is unique and integral to Maaori...

To promote Te Reo Maori use in our Kura...

So we don’t lose the language ...

I am a Pakeha, and the preservation of Te Reo is extremely important to me, because it is a part...

It's important that we support things that are uniquely Māori, and we would love to see our diverse team celebrate...

I believe te reo Maori is fundamental to this land...

To keep our reo alive & to connect to my own identity ...

To better understand my culture as a New Zealander, and for my tamariki...

At my school, we are working hard at developing our Māori language skills and I am in full support of...

He Taonga te reo Maori mo te whenua o Aotearoa...

to be part of the movement of connecting myself and my whanau to learn understand and Loreto tatou reo rangatira...

To improve...

It’s a part of who I am, te reo Māori...

I love t o learn Maori...

Te reo Māori is part of Aotearoa where my home is...

Te Reo is part of our history, culture and what makes part of Aotearoa...

Kei tahi Aotearoa I te ao!...

As a child, I grew up around Te Reo Maori...

Because it is our national language and for too long it has been shoved to the side, much like the...

Make sure my students understand the importance of te reo and the Treaty in their world...

I am a migrant in New Zealand - moved here from India in 2003...

more self awareness and being respectful of other cultures...

I recall how I had a spiritual experience when traveling here as a tourist 20 years ago, I was laying...

because te reo should be thriving in Aotearoa and for our future generations it will!...

As a New Zealander I think te reo Māori is part of our culture, it feels only natural to try...

we are ALL PART OF NZ...

It is our native language...

Te Reo Maori is one of the three official languages of New Zealand...