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'

 

Learning te reo is important for anyone living in this land for it is the first language of te tangata...

To be part of Aotearoa...

Te Reo Māori is native and unique language focus on the inclusion...

Mana motuhake o tatou Maaoritanga x...

Ko taaku me kōrero i te reo i ngā wā katoa hei aha te "moment" anake, kia kore rawa to...

To be United by different civilizations...

My friends in NZ spoke to me about Te Reo Week...

Want to learn te reo and share it with family and friends...

Māori is a beautiful language and is an important part of the kiwi identity and culture...

its important to my DNA...

Because it is about keeping our language alive and connecting to our whakapapa...

Drive are nga tamariki, mokopuna tuatahi/tuarua...

Mō aku tamariki ...

Because we believe that language is the life essence and sustenance of a culture!...

My ancestors were leaders of the armed constabulary which invaded Parihaka in 1881...

He Māori ahau...

Te Reo is our language, it is our heritage...

Te Reo is what makes Aotearoa unique and it's a language we should all try to learn...

i want to leran more maori...

I have my own cultural ties and language that I speak (Welsh) so view this as an extension of my...

Embrace our culture...

I want to be part of the revival of te reo Māori and see the language thrive across Aotearoa...

I'm interested in the Maori langauge and keen to feel integrated with the culture in Aotearoa...

ko Te reo Maori ki ahau he taonga...

As one of the official languages of New Zealand I believe it is important to learn the language...

It is important for me to take part to celebrate the culture in my classroom sharing my knowledge with other...

To me its to keep the culture growing...

Ko te reo kia rere - kia rongo i te reo Māori e rere tika ana ki ngā tõpito katoa,...

Because I'm proud to be from Aotearoa and it's imperative that we learn to korero mai...

Because it's a part of our unique and collective heritage...

To further celebrate and strengthen te reo in our school...

It is important for me to take part to learn connection and to be able to understand / speak te...

I have lived in several different countries, and always tried to learn some of the local language...

I am an immigrant to NZ, and it would be very helpful to take part and understand the culture of...

Mā tā tātou uri whakatipu , koinā te mea nui ki tōku...

believe that everyone in NZ should at least know a few words and the language should always be encouraged and...

To gain greater understanding and knowledge ...

We are honouring the language and first people of this land Aotearoa...

Te Reo Maori describes all beyond what Te Reo Pakeha can do...

I believe in a bi-cultural society for New Zealand, so it is important to have Te Reo Maori represented as...

To show our connection to the history, language and culture of New Zealand,and the importance we place on this in...

Ko aku tamariki no Te Arawa...

I don´t want to see Maori language go extinct...

BEcause I believe our Reo needs to be revived in our country...

So people hear this wonderful language more...

I am Māori...

To promote the use of Te Reo Language...

Te Reo is an Integral part of my life,and as a second language learn er, I know how much it...

It is important to me as I feel disconnected to my culture by not being able to converse in our...

Kia ako o tātou tamariki Māori ki te kōrero Māori, ā, ki maia tēnā ki tēnā ahakoa te iti...

As someone who is Maori I think it is incredibly important to showcase and be proud of your culture...

Te reo is integral to our country and should be proudly and frequently used...

I am so proud of my Māori heritage and I need to honour it properly...

As a student teacher that is from Canada it is important for me to learn so that I can bring...

I want to celebrate and honour Aotearoa and their ancestors - who are distant cousins of my own Tahitian ancestors...

Mo aku mokopuna, Mo te Whanau, Hapu, Iwi, Mo te Hapori, Mo te Ao Katoa...

To be fluent in te reo Maori has always been a dream of mine...

It's important to know the official language of the country, including Sign Language too...

Maori language and culture is an important part of NZ which used to be punished and has dwindled...

Te Reo Māori is the first language of NZ, we all have a part to play to use and understand...

To help with my own korero maori and maybe encourage more pakeha to be engaged and not whakama in giving...

It is what makes us unique as New Zealanders...

It’s important for me to take part because I don’t know as much te reo as a should and as...

I grew up feeling really distant from my culture, and now that I’m in my 30’s I really want to...

Lots of whys ...

Interested to know about Maori culture, and NZ traditional culture, and learn the language ...

When we all went into lockdown my whānau started doing Daily karakia and although as a child I was surrounded...

I am Australian born and have lived in Aotearoa for nearly 40 years...

Te Reo Maaori keeps me connected to my whakapapa and my Tuupuna...

so great to be able to show our support for our nation's first language...

We are from New Zealand, and it's important we acknowledge and learn all all that entails, a big part of...

Because it is important we honour the spirit of the treaty and the bi-cultural nature of our society, embracing the...

Because it's cool!...

Te Reo Māori is our official spoken language and is a vital taonga...

Kia puawai te reo rangatira...

Because Te rep Maori is important o me as it is important to new Zealand and I think that schools...

It’s our culture ...

For myself so far away from home...

Improve my confidence in using Te Reo each day...

I had two years at Te Wananga o Aotearoa learning Te Reo...

Because te reo is an essential part of who we are as New Zealanders...

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand upholds the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and recognises our role in upholding the dignity...

To pay homage to a country and a people who allowed my ancestors to share the bounty of this land...

As an immigrant to New Zealand with NZ born children who are being immersed in Te Reo Maori from the...

Because I want to understand and be part of the cultural diversity of Aotearoa...

My daughter is my why...

Because I am proud that I know even a little te reo Māori...

Strengthen the beautiful Māori language...

Because I stay in this beautiful country...

To support the language of Maori...

Because te reo is so beautiful and a taonga it’s unique to all who love our country and people of...

I have recently returned to NZ after many years overseas...

Teach the kids ...

toku whakapapa...

I have learned Te Reo at school , and Te Ao Maori at Polytech...

I believe everyone who lives in Aotearoa should have the opportunity to learn Te Reo...

As a New Zealander, it is our Reo!...

Interested to learn...

Kei te mokemoke au mo te reo kaore na tangata o konei mohio ki te korero Maori te nuinga he...