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'

 

I am proud to be a New Zealander and want to learn te reo of the tanga ta whenua...

To keep the culture alive and honour our Tangata Whenua...

by learning any language, you get to understand how a people thinks, their history ...

Because it is everyone's responsibility to revive it after it was oppressed for so long...

matua ben christie...

Joining in will make a difference...

Revitalising Te Reo Māori is key to maintaining our culture and it all starts with self...

I love Te reo māori :) ...

I am who i am...

To encourage others to use our native language...

My whānau + understanding of myself as a NZer and indigenous person :)...

The language from my birth country is dying, I don't want the same to happen to the indigenous language of...

Most of the students in our class are Maori and it is importnat for me and them to make Te...

So my mokopuna will have her language accepted!...

To support the cause, to demonstrate that reo should be compulsory in educaiton...

Upholding our national language is so important, its an awesome goal to participate in to encourage our nation Aotearoa to...

I think it is really important for Aotearoa to embrance te reo Māori...

I have a grand daughter who is attending a kohanga reo in Whangarei and I would like to share or...

Because this is yet another wonderful way of honouring my culture and my whakapapa and tikanga...

Because as a teacher and parent, the best way I can support te reo in NZ is to engage with...

As a new student teacher in Early Childhood Education, I believe I need to learn more in te reo Māori...

I have a few people in my family who are Maori and friends also...

To show the community how Te Reo is a fun, vibrant language and that leanring it can be as easy...

I love the language and believe it should be spoken more day-to-day...

Because its a beautiful language to learn speak , understand and celebrate...

Because te reo Maori is part of New Zealand Aotearoa...

He taonga te reo...

It is important because it is ME it’s who I am ...

Self directed learning every day...

Korero Maori ia ra, ia ra, Ako te reo Maori, ia ra, ia ra I runga nga kura...

It is important to take part as we should be proud of Te Reo as an amazing and unique langauge...

The Maori people, their culture and language need to be part of “they are us”...

te reo māori is the unique language of the Tangata whenua...

It's a part of who I am!...

Ahakoa he iti he pounamu - No matter how small it is our most treasured...

It is important for me to take part as my Grandmother was a native Te Reo speaker and my mother...

proud of my culture...

We are a bicultural nation...

Te Reo Māori is unique and does define us as NZ's including connecting us to home...

I am Maori and feel disappointed that I can’t speak the language of my ancestors...

I started my Reo journey back in August with Te Wananga o Raukawa online after putting it off for years...

I am only 9 years old...

My Koro was very prominent with in Te Arawa and he worked at the Maori Radio Station here in Rotorua...

To be involved in a nationally important activity and use what te reo i know...

Because I am proud to be a New Zealander...

Whakanuia ā ngāi tātou - te ahurea māori, tō tātou reo te tūākiri me kī...

To be more a part of this amazing country and it’s culture and people...

Te reo maori opens up a whole side of my home to me...

I am passionate to learn and keep our unique language of Aotearoa alive and well...

Waiata is fun and connects to every one...

Keen as to learn, relearn the Reo and be proud of who I am...

Maori language week...

We are a small whānau owned Aged Residential Care facility whom over the last 34 years have been a home...

As a woman of Maori descent, I believe that it is one of my greatest privileges in life to be...

Hei whakatakotoria the huarahi mō ā tātou nei tamariki, mokopuna...

Our workplace finds it very important to embrace and encourage the opportunity to bring light to our heritage and special...

It is important for all new zealalnders to embrace our culture and support this...

As a child born in 1985 to a Maori Father and Pakeha Mother, things were rough for me...

To be involved - get more educated - to feel more apart of our culture...

Because it is important to keep our culture alive...

Because its good to take part in my countries culture and at least try to learn things about it...

Because being a Māori who speak fluent te reo i truly believe by me speaking with everyone i am one...

Te Reo Māori is so important and we need to treasure and preserve it...

To improve my everyday Te Reo skills...

I believe that we should all be proud of te reo Māori even if we cannot speak it...

To keep the language alive!...

I want to take part as I am raising two boys who are Maori, I want us all to be...

Important for us to korero...

To be a truly multicultural nation, we must be completely bicultural in the first instance...

To be part of something awesome, to share in this beautiful language that is uniquely ours her in NZ...

It's one of the things that make us and our nation so (very) special...

I think it is important to take part to strengthen our awareness and identity as a nation...

I love my culture...

Tōku reo, tōku ohooho...

To try and connect more with my Maori culture and to encourage my children to embrace and be proud of...

Ko Te Reo Maori te taonga o to taatou tupuna, o to taatou, te iwi o Aotearoa...

I'm keen to be part of an amazing kaupapa that continues to promote us...

Kia ukapotia te reo...

He taonga, he kuru tongarerewa tēnei mea te reo ka mutu he whakakākahu i ōku whakaaro me te ao e...

Me whakarangatira tātau i tō tātau reo Māori...

My mom is maori...

he maori au...

because i had no chouse...

its simple our red is our future ...

Share and celebrate Te Reo Maori...

For me it is part of becoming more culturally competent and aware...

Get Tamariki involved!...

To encourage our staff to use Te Reo Maori and to celebrate it...

Te rep is a beautiful language and is an important part of our NZ culture...

I am non Maori but born and bred Porirua wahine :) I think it is respectful if all of us...

Language is a vital part of culture, a taonga to be treasured and celebrated...

He whakahirahira i tenei kaupapa ki au...

I love the Maori Language...

To be connected...

to be brave in a crowd, to have the reo noticed...

Personally very passionate about elevating Te Reo Māori amongst all New Zealand communities and seeing it become a more everyday...

Acknowledging and supporting Maori tikanga and reo is important to me as part of decolonisation and tautoko for rangatiratanga, which...

My grandchildren have learned Te Reo through school and my great grandchildren are learning at Kohanga...

I don’t want the language to disappear as I thinks it’s important for my kids and there kids and there...

Mõ tātou tēnei taonga, nõ reira mā tātou katoa ngā mahi whakapakari, whakarauora hoki...