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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Hayley - Christchurch - I want to learn more te reo maori and pass that on to my tamaki ...

Hayley - Christchurch - I want to learn more te reo maori and pass that on to my tamaki ...

Hayley - BOIC Kawakawa - Preserve language, develop a new habit and make speaking te reo Maori the 'norm'...

Hayley - BOIC Kawakawa - Preserve language, develop a new habit and make speaking te reo Maori the 'norm'...

Harry - Christchurch - I’m not sure ...

Harry - Christchurch - I’m not sure ...

Hannah - Hamilton - I want to have more of a connection to my heritage and culture and be a part of the drive...

Hannah - Hamilton - I want to have more of a connection to my heritage and culture and be a part of the drive...

hamish - christchurch - To continue to promote Te Reo...

hamish - christchurch - To continue to promote Te Reo...

hamiora - whangarei - because...

hamiora - whangarei - because...

Hamie - Hamilton - To continue to empower & affirm my language ...

Hamie - Hamilton - To continue to empower & affirm my language ...

Hāmiora - Auckland - when I first came to school I had no care for learning moari but now that I've learnt that more...

Hāmiora - Auckland - when I first came to school I had no care for learning moari but now that I've learnt that more...

Guy - Gisborne - There is a lot to learn from the Maori culture, language and traditions...

Guy - Gisborne - There is a lot to learn from the Maori culture, language and traditions...

Gus - Nelson - We are a bicultural nation...

Gus - Nelson - We are a bicultural nation...

Greg - Wellington - Gotta keep this taonga alive...

Greg - Wellington - Gotta keep this taonga alive...

Greg - Nara - Language is culture, and for the preservation of Maoriitanga it's important to speak...

Greg - Nara - Language is culture, and for the preservation of Maoriitanga it's important to speak...

Grant - Timaru - Further develop an understanding and knowledge of Maoridom ...

Grant - Timaru - Further develop an understanding and knowledge of Maoridom ...

Graham - Waikanae - As a British born NZ citizen I am acutely aware of the history my people have in oppressing Maori in...

Graham - Waikanae - As a British born NZ citizen I am acutely aware of the history my people have in oppressing Maori in...

Graeme - Auckland - Its really important because at 65 Te Reo Maori and to korero fluent Maori is a long held dream of...

Graeme - Auckland - Its really important because at 65 Te Reo Maori and to korero fluent Maori is a long held dream of...

Glenview - Hamilton - We are a bi cultural Kindergarten and we already speak te reo at our Kindergarten with our Kaiako, Tamariki and...

Glenview - Hamilton - We are a bi cultural Kindergarten and we already speak te reo at our Kindergarten with our Kaiako, Tamariki and...

Glenda - Tauranga - I need to keep practicing so I can remember my te reo as it part my life as a kiwi...

Glenda - Tauranga - I need to keep practicing so I can remember my te reo as it part my life as a kiwi...

Ginny - Wellington - I won't understand te ao maori unless I understand the language...

Ginny - Wellington - I won't understand te ao maori unless I understand the language...

Gina - Rotorua - He taonga no oku tupuna, ma aku uri...

Gina - Rotorua - He taonga no oku tupuna, ma aku uri...

Gillian - Wellington - I've been learning some basics this year and am loving hearing Te Reo spoken more widely - I want to...

Gillian - Wellington - I've been learning some basics this year and am loving hearing Te Reo spoken more widely - I want to...

Gillian - Lower Hutt - Over the years I have learnt a little te reo Māori, but without use it gets forgotten...

Gillian - Lower Hutt - Over the years I have learnt a little te reo Māori, but without use it gets forgotten...

Gill - Wellington - I'm part of Aotearoa New Zealand and we're on this waka together...

Gill - Wellington - I'm part of Aotearoa New Zealand and we're on this waka together...

Gerard - Wellington - kia ora ...

Gerard - Wellington - kia ora ...

Gerald - Auckland - I think it's important to recognise Te Reo Māori as an official language of Aotearoa and show respect for the...

Gerald - Auckland - I think it's important to recognise Te Reo Māori as an official language of Aotearoa and show respect for the...

Georgia - Wellington - Because language is a gateway to understanding a culture...

Georgia - Wellington - Because language is a gateway to understanding a culture...

Georgia - Chatham Islands - to keep te reo alive and be able to teach & speak with my children...

Georgia - Chatham Islands - to keep te reo alive and be able to teach & speak with my children...

Georgette - Wellington - I think in order to promote the language and to not loose it, we need to learn and practice it...

Georgette - Wellington - I think in order to promote the language and to not loose it, we need to learn and practice it...

Geoff - Kirikiriroa - A language stays alive when more people speak it and share it...

Geoff - Kirikiriroa - A language stays alive when more people speak it and share it...

Geneva - Auckland - For me as a person and to learn and share the gift of my whakapapa...

Geneva - Auckland - For me as a person and to learn and share the gift of my whakapapa...

Gena - Christchurch - Because my children are Maori I am not but I want them to see and feel their culture all around...

Gena - Christchurch - Because my children are Maori I am not but I want them to see and feel their culture all around...

Gemma - Paihia - To be United with Aotearoa and step up to join in and promote Te Reo Maori ...

Gemma - Paihia - To be United with Aotearoa and step up to join in and promote Te Reo Maori ...

Gemma - Auckland - We really enjoy the Maori language and want to really use it in our school again and keep Te Reo...

Gemma - Auckland - We really enjoy the Maori language and want to really use it in our school again and keep Te Reo...

Gaylene - Õpõtiki - Taku rourou, tau rourou kia ora te iwi...

Gaylene - Õpõtiki - Taku rourou, tau rourou kia ora te iwi...

Gayle - Auckland - "Ka kohi te toi,...

Gayle - Auckland - "Ka kohi te toi,...

Gay - Te Awamutu - Because I live in NZ, am a naturalised NZ citizen and Māori are the first people of the land &...

Gay - Te Awamutu - Because I live in NZ, am a naturalised NZ citizen and Māori are the first people of the land &...

Gavin - Papaioea - I te mea he Māori ahau...

Gavin - Papaioea - I te mea he Māori ahau...

Gary - Palmerston North - The Maori language is our language so it’s import for all New Zealanders to learn and use to keep the...

Gary - Palmerston North - The Maori language is our language so it’s import for all New Zealanders to learn and use to keep the...

Gareth - Te Oha a Maru - E arohaina ahau i te reo māori...

Gareth - Te Oha a Maru - E arohaina ahau i te reo māori...

Gareth - Saint Arnaud - It is a part of our history and our future...

Gareth - Saint Arnaud - It is a part of our history and our future...

Gabrielle - Wanaka - Te two Maori is uniquely New Zealand and it’s important that we continue the language and learning of the culture...

Gabrielle - Wanaka - Te two Maori is uniquely New Zealand and it’s important that we continue the language and learning of the culture...

Fu'e - Otara - It's important for our children to acknowledge the Reo of our Tangata Whenua...

Fu'e - Otara - It's important for our children to acknowledge the Reo of our Tangata Whenua...

Freddie - Wellington - Te Reo is part of the history of this land, it is important to keep it alive...

Freddie - Wellington - Te Reo is part of the history of this land, it is important to keep it alive...

Frances - Rotorua - Kei te arohanui ahau ki ta tatou reo rangatira...

Frances - Rotorua - Kei te arohanui ahau ki ta tatou reo rangatira...

Frances - Christchurch - It wasn't until I read and understood the history of New Zealand and the devastating impact on Maori that I...

Frances - Christchurch - It wasn't until I read and understood the history of New Zealand and the devastating impact on Maori that I...

Flynn - Waitara - I’ll draw Maori stuff...

Flynn - Waitara - I’ll draw Maori stuff...

Florence - Wellington - Reo is the language of Aotearoa...

Florence - Wellington - Reo is the language of Aotearoa...

Floki - Auckland - because i want to recognize the culture of the country i live in...

Floki - Auckland - because i want to recognize the culture of the country i live in...

Fiona - Wellington - I'm pakeha but I want to help lift te reo back up, up, up to where it ought to be...

Fiona - Wellington - I'm pakeha but I want to help lift te reo back up, up, up to where it ought to be...

Fiona - Te Puke - Because Aotearoa is my turanga waewae...

Fiona - Te Puke - Because Aotearoa is my turanga waewae...

Fiona - Otautahi/Christchurch - Te reo Māori is the first language and unique taonga of Aotearoa/New Zealand...

Fiona - Otautahi/Christchurch - Te reo Māori is the first language and unique taonga of Aotearoa/New Zealand...

Fiona - Lower Moutere - To show the importance of te reo Māori to Aotearoa today...

Fiona - Lower Moutere - To show the importance of te reo Māori to Aotearoa today...

Fiona - Dunedin - it is important to learn te reo as part of being a NZer...

Fiona - Dunedin - it is important to learn te reo as part of being a NZer...

Fiona - Auckland - I tried some Te Reo lessons last year and really enjoyed the language, but not confident enough to use it...

Fiona - Auckland - I tried some Te Reo lessons last year and really enjoyed the language, but not confident enough to use it...

felicity - wellington - Te reo is important...

felicity - wellington - Te reo is important...

Fea - Otautahi - Taking part in this conscious effort to normalise the use of Te Reo, celebrate the language, and not be afraid...

Fea - Otautahi - Taking part in this conscious effort to normalise the use of Te Reo, celebrate the language, and not be afraid...

Faye - Hamilton - To learn more about the Maori language...

Faye - Hamilton - To learn more about the Maori language...

Fay - Rotorua - kia kore ai e ngaro to tatou reo...

Fay - Rotorua - kia kore ai e ngaro to tatou reo...

Everlyne - Eketahuna - Pūkaha is a National Wildlife Centre that was recently given back to the Rangitāne iwi, it is important to uphold...

Everlyne - Eketahuna - Pūkaha is a National Wildlife Centre that was recently given back to the Rangitāne iwi, it is important to uphold...

Evelyn - Hastings - Because my father and whanau around me growing up were native speakers...

Evelyn - Hastings - Because my father and whanau around me growing up were native speakers...

Evelyn - Hastings - Participate in a really important Kaupapa...

Evelyn - Hastings - Participate in a really important Kaupapa...

Evelyn - Hamilton - It's so important because I am Maori, can't be no other...

Evelyn - Hamilton - It's so important because I am Maori, can't be no other...

Evangeline - Tamaki - Im maori and trainging to be a teacher at te wananga o aotearoa ...

Evangeline - Tamaki - Im maori and trainging to be a teacher at te wananga o aotearoa ...

Eva - Auckland - Respecting and understanding Aotearoa's culture and history better!...

Eva - Auckland - Respecting and understanding Aotearoa's culture and history better!...

Eugenia - Auckland - To honor New Zealand history and inhabitants...

Eugenia - Auckland - To honor New Zealand history and inhabitants...

Eugene - Wellington - It's an important part of being a New Zealander - it's an imporant part of who we are, our history...

Eugene - Wellington - It's an important part of being a New Zealander - it's an imporant part of who we are, our history...

Ethan - Tāmaki Makaurau - Te Reo Māori koia nei tātou taonga...

Ethan - Tāmaki Makaurau - Te Reo Māori koia nei tātou taonga...

Etana - Auckland - I would love for Reo Maori to be more common in NZ...

Etana - Auckland - I would love for Reo Maori to be more common in NZ...

Erin - Wellington - Kia whakarauora te reo rakatira, mā te hāpori, mā te reo ā waha, me te mea nei te tipu o...

Erin - Wellington - Kia whakarauora te reo rakatira, mā te hāpori, mā te reo ā waha, me te mea nei te tipu o...

Erin - Auckland - I wish te reo Māori was taught more when I was at school and I want my children to experience...

Erin - Auckland - I wish te reo Māori was taught more when I was at school and I want my children to experience...

Eric - Rotorua - It is important to me because I am a proud New Zealander and Te Reo Maori is something that on...

Eric - Rotorua - It is important to me because I am a proud New Zealander and Te Reo Maori is something that on...

Eric - Auckland - Because my teacher is making me...

Eric - Auckland - Because my teacher is making me...

Erena - Palmerston North - This is important to me for two reasons: ...

Erena - Palmerston North - This is important to me for two reasons: ...

Emma Te Rangi - Turanga Nui A Kiwa - Mōku ake kia ora te reo mo ngā rangi e haere ake nei ahakoa te aha, tipu ake ahau i...

Emma Te Rangi - Turanga Nui A Kiwa - Mōku ake kia ora te reo mo ngā rangi e haere ake nei ahakoa te aha, tipu ake ahau i...

Emma - Timaru - I want to work as an educational psychologist...

Emma - Timaru - I want to work as an educational psychologist...

Emma - Tāmaki Makaurau - I want to tautoko the revitalisation of te reo Māori and address the current imbalance of the position te reo...

Emma - Tāmaki Makaurau - I want to tautoko the revitalisation of te reo Māori and address the current imbalance of the position te reo...

Emma - Porirua - It's important because this is the only place in the world, in all of te Ao, that we can speak,...

Emma - Porirua - It's important because this is the only place in the world, in all of te Ao, that we can speak,...

Emma - Featherston - I’m a sixth generation New Zealander living in Aotearoa...

Emma - Featherston - I’m a sixth generation New Zealander living in Aotearoa...

Emma - Christchurch - ...

Emma - Christchurch - ...

Emma - Auckland - Because I think, Te Reo Māori should have more emphasis on it and used more commonly and widely across Aoteroa...

Emma - Auckland - Because I think, Te Reo Māori should have more emphasis on it and used more commonly and widely across Aoteroa...

Emily - Waiheke - Te reo Maori is one of the things that makes our country so special and unique, it's our super power...

Emily - Waiheke - Te reo Maori is one of the things that makes our country so special and unique, it's our super power...

Emily - Auckland, New Zealand - Because my teacher said so!...

Emily - Auckland, New Zealand - Because my teacher said so!...

Emily - Auckland - I want te reo to be a proper language in New Zealand...

Emily - Auckland - I want te reo to be a proper language in New Zealand...

Emily - Auckland - As someone born and bred in Aotearoa I want to take part to do my part in learning and connecting...

Emily - Auckland - As someone born and bred in Aotearoa I want to take part to do my part in learning and connecting...

Emery - Tauranga - Its important because our language is dying and we need to keep it alive...

Emery - Tauranga - Its important because our language is dying and we need to keep it alive...

Emelita - Auckland - Every moment starts with a single thought, a single act by a single individual...

Emelita - Auckland - Every moment starts with a single thought, a single act by a single individual...

Elspeth - Auckland - I love singing and tu Teri mai nga iwi is my favorite song...

Elspeth - Auckland - I love singing and tu Teri mai nga iwi is my favorite song...

elroy - Auckland - To feel connected to the Tangata Whenua and to support others in their journey to be more culturally responsive...

elroy - Auckland - To feel connected to the Tangata Whenua and to support others in their journey to be more culturally responsive...

Elodie - Auckland - It is important for me because I am French and I decide to come and live in New Zealand and...

Elodie - Auckland - It is important for me because I am French and I decide to come and live in New Zealand and...

Elly - Tauranga - I've recently migrated to Aotearoa from Australia, and felt it was important as a new arrival to learn/educate myself in...

Elly - Tauranga - I've recently migrated to Aotearoa from Australia, and felt it was important as a new arrival to learn/educate myself in...

Ellie - Kerikeri - I’d enjoy learning more everyday phrases in te Reo...

Ellie - Kerikeri - I’d enjoy learning more everyday phrases in te Reo...

Ella - Wellington - Connecting with my culture ...

Ella - Wellington - Connecting with my culture ...

Elizabeth - Wellington - Some of my family are part of the Maori community and I would like to join in this important project...

Elizabeth - Wellington - Some of my family are part of the Maori community and I would like to join in this important project...

Elizabeth - Randwick - to continue my learning my husband is a fluent speaker & I am still learning I love it & my...

Elizabeth - Randwick - to continue my learning my husband is a fluent speaker & I am still learning I love it & my...

Elizabeth - Auckland - As a kaiako - I feel it's important to take part and teach our tamariki to understand the importance of...

Elizabeth - Auckland - As a kaiako - I feel it's important to take part and teach our tamariki to understand the importance of...

Elisabeth - Auckland - I appreciate connecting with others on such an important and inspiring take, which provides another way that I can learn...

Elisabeth - Auckland - I appreciate connecting with others on such an important and inspiring take, which provides another way that I can learn...

Eleonora - Wellington - When I moved to Aotearoa pakeha culture felt foreign to me, and intuitive as it asked me to leave my...

Eleonora - Wellington - When I moved to Aotearoa pakeha culture felt foreign to me, and intuitive as it asked me to leave my...

Eleanor - Invercargill - There are many aspects of Maori culture which I find very inspiring, and learning the language brings us all closer...

Eleanor - Invercargill - There are many aspects of Maori culture which I find very inspiring, and learning the language brings us all closer...

Eleanor - Gold Coast Australia - We have been living in Australia since 1985, our four children were young then, which means our grandchildren and seven...

Eleanor - Gold Coast Australia - We have been living in Australia since 1985, our four children were young then, which means our grandchildren and seven...

Elaine - Wellington - I had a little Te Reo Maori education at primary school and attended some Te Reo Maori classes in my...

Elaine - Wellington - I had a little Te Reo Maori education at primary school and attended some Te Reo Maori classes in my...

Elaine - Hamilton - So that current and future generations do not lose this important heritage - language defines the people - who they...

Elaine - Hamilton - So that current and future generations do not lose this important heritage - language defines the people - who they...