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'

 

Simple- I'm a kiwi, māori underpins our nation...

Ko te Reo Maori te Reo Rangatira! ...

I notice that the children in my classroom really enjoy learning Te Reo Māori and it adds much more to...

Te Reo Maori he herenga ki ahau ki te whenua, te rangi, te moana, nga awa, nga ngahere, nga manu,...

Maori is an official language of Aotearoa so why not...

Because I want to learn another language and Maori is an increasingly relevant one...

Absolute passionated by NZ culture, my partner and I are thriving to learn te reo ...

Don't want to lose my culture...

To never forget my maoritanga and encourage others...

I owe it to my whakapapa and myself...

Great idea...

Reo Maori is encoded with awesome guiding principles I like to apply to life...

To honour the culture ...

To promote te reo Maori /language as a human right for people with disabilities ...

To embrace my culture ...

Ko te reo tōku ohooho Ko te reo tōku māpihi maurea ...

Kia Ora Whanau! Ko Simon Meikle tenei...

I have always been fascinated by the similarities of the Maori and Pacific languages with the Filipino languages...

To have a greater understanding, and be confident in my pronunciation...

I'm learning its a part of who I am, I'm learning to connect with my whakapapa, I'm learning to connect...

It is our first language and it shouldn't be unknown or an after thought ...

To help and be a part of a better New Zealand ...

The Te Reo language is part of every Kiwi's identity...

Learning another language is great for brain development, also Maori is our countries special culture and it should be embraced...

I am Pākehā but have nieces and nephews who have whakapapa...

Language is culture and culture is identity...

Ko te reo Maori te reo taketake o Aotearoa...

Feeling like too many generations have missed out on something special and owed to us that is a given right...

I am Maori and I want to celebrate it through Te Reo, Waiata and the arts...

I am a member of my marae and hapu trustees...

As someone struggling to find my tuakiri Māori, this is a great way to keep myself accountable and truly dig...

Te reo is a beautiful language and i believe it is the responsibility of every citizens and residents of New...

I arrive recently in New Zealand and it is important for me to learn te reo in order to understand...

My Maori great grandmother brought up my father after his mother died when he was a baby...

We should have all learned this as children...

Language is an important part of community...

I'm not a native New Zealander, but this country has welcomed me and become my home...

Ko te reo Maori te reo taketake o Aotearoa...

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

I have always wanted to learn but something always came up and I never made it a priority...

my why survival ...

We must keep learning and passing on our unique reo to family and friends...

I attended The Justice Conference a couple of years back and heard John Catmur speaking about biculturalism in NZ...

To keep te reo alive and thriving within my whānau, community, hapu and iwi...

Because it’s the indigenous language of my birth country and I feel I should learn it before attempting to learn...

I feel I should learn Maori language before I chose to learn a language from another country...

My children are Māori and I want them to grow up in a country where their history and ancestors as...

My grandchildren speak to reo maori and I would like to reply...

Because its a part of my cultural identity and the right to speak my language...

My why is because I want to myself and my child to be bilingual...

It's through hearing my nanas experiences and the experiences of her mother and those of that time and earlier before...

I’ve always wanted to learn Te Reo but life has been very busy n I guess I’m not getting any...

Te Reo Māori is the language of tangata whenua of Aotearoa, and it's a matter of respect for all citizens...

I want to be able to korero to whanau, kids, mokos!! I really want to be able to understand and...

I am a pakeha who has lived away from Aotearoa for 30 years, but this makes me feel connected and...

For my children, and my children's children...

It is important for me because I want to set an example for my pēpi and whānau...

I was bought up with basic Maori songs and using stick and poi in West Auckland and would like to...

I have many reasons I would like to take part but the most important reason is to pass on knowledge...

I think its important to encourage the use of te reo, and I hope to be one of the first...

Its apart of our history and if we lose our language we lose who we are as Maori people...

I want to learn more about the culture...

So that my children will be able to speak our language fluently...

Language and story matter to me...

I'm nz maori and have little knowledge of my own mother tounge...

My why is firstly my daughter Mahina- Bell, she is in the bilingual unit at kura and loves Te Reo,...

I am ready to learn...

Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga is what I have been brought up with since I was small...

For me it is more than important to be part in this movement in order to raise awareness and fulfill...

I would like to have more understanding of a culture that is not my own and to do that an...

My Mother and Father never spoke Maori and that filtered down to my brothers and sisters...

I love languages and have been committed to learning French the last 2 years however I don't know our own...

Many years ago a Maori from te arawa iwi helped me out and I promised to learn the maori language...

For my children, I want for them to know and appreciate te reo Māori...

Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga is what I have been brought up with since I was small...

Because it respects mother tongue ...

Our boy is of Māori descent i was born and bred in Aotearoa...

Te Reo Māori is a world I grew up in, from the moment I was conceived, to being born and...

This is my heritage and i feel that to honour that i should take part in this journey ...

I learned some time ago about maori culture, and I was fascinated, I readed a trilogy of Sara Lark and...

I am, and always will be a proud Māori woman...

So that my children will be able to speak our language fluently...

Looking at my Teaching and Learning ...

Māori language has been a part of my upbringing, and I aspire to being fluent...

Hello I am trying to learn as much as possible for the sake of my 4 young 2x11-13-15yrs of ages...

Te Reo is not only a beautiful language but identifies uniqueness and love for country that I am proud to...

I am hopeful we can create a culture in NZ where we are all considered tangata whenua regardless of race,...

Māori is our special language in New Zealand...

Simply put, I believe it is important to speak the indigenous language of the land you stand on...

To teach my foster kids their language, so they at least feel comfortable hearing familiar words and sounds, as we...

My grandson is eight years old and proud to be Maori...

Te Reo Maori is not only a beautiful language it is the first language of Aotearoa...

It is a treasured gift handed down to us by our ancestors and I have for years had a yearning...

I identify as Tūwharetoa i te Aupouri and Ngāti Kahungunu...

Te Reo enhances my connection to my ancestors and to Aotearoa...

Born on foreign soil, I came to live in the most beautiful country in the world...

It has been a long time coming- hearing Te reo Māori no matter where you are in Aotearoa, te ao...

Sense of belonging...