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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Beula - Wellington - Its important to know the language because I design website in New Zealand and it should benefit Te reo readers...

Beula - Wellington - Its important to know the language because I design website in New Zealand and it should benefit Te reo readers...

Barnaby - Auckland - I'm a school teacher and am celebrating with my class...

Barnaby - Auckland - I'm a school teacher and am celebrating with my class...

Awhina - Ōtepoti - Te reo Māori connects me to my tīpuna, I wish I had been taught te reo from them...

Awhina - Ōtepoti - Te reo Māori connects me to my tīpuna, I wish I had been taught te reo from them...

Atlas - Auckland - To communicate with Maori people...

Atlas - Auckland - To communicate with Maori people...

Aria - Auckland - I would like to be part of keeping te reo Maori alive...

Aria - Auckland - I would like to be part of keeping te reo Maori alive...

Angie - Featherston - Kia kaha te reo Māori!...

Angie - Featherston - Kia kaha te reo Māori!...

Angelina - Melbourne - To learn te reo Maori for my mokopuna...

Angelina - Melbourne - To learn te reo Maori for my mokopuna...

Angela - Whakatane - I feel in myself that I am missing out...

Angela - Whakatane - I feel in myself that I am missing out...

Andrea - Christchurch - Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuturu o Aotearoa!...

Andrea - Christchurch - Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuturu o Aotearoa!...

Alwin - Hamilton - I want to be a part of this massive , beautiful, ancient culture, that is all about family, love and...

Alwin - Hamilton - I want to be a part of this massive , beautiful, ancient culture, that is all about family, love and...

Ali - Gisborne - To celebrate and honour culture, language and diversity...

Ali - Gisborne - To celebrate and honour culture, language and diversity...

Zania - Kirikiriroa - It is important because of my Māori Whakapapa and I know my ancestors who have lived and passed before me...

Zania - Kirikiriroa - It is important because of my Māori Whakapapa and I know my ancestors who have lived and passed before me...

Yt - Hamilton - Kia kaha te reo Maaori...

Yt - Hamilton - Kia kaha te reo Maaori...

yo - Tamaki Makaurau - Kia tautoko te i kaupapa nei...

yo - Tamaki Makaurau - Kia tautoko te i kaupapa nei...

wiyaphan - Thailand - to study...

wiyaphan - Thailand - to study...

Whakarae - Turanganui A Kiwa - Te Reo Maori has had a big influence on the person I have become...

Whakarae - Turanganui A Kiwa - Te Reo Maori has had a big influence on the person I have become...

Wayne - Paeroa - For me it is personal...

Wayne - Paeroa - For me it is personal...

Vivien - wanaka - because I want to learn and understand more te reo Maori and be part of making it used more in...

Vivien - wanaka - because I want to learn and understand more te reo Maori and be part of making it used more in...

Vicki - Wellington - We got involved because we are a group building a new way for our lives and want to have as...

Vicki - Wellington - We got involved because we are a group building a new way for our lives and want to have as...

Vicki - Raumati Beach - We, as a school, embrace te reo and Te Ao Māori...

Vicki - Raumati Beach - We, as a school, embrace te reo and Te Ao Māori...

Vanessa - Whangarei - To acknowledge that Te Reo Māori is inportant...

Vanessa - Whangarei - To acknowledge that Te Reo Māori is inportant...

Ursula - Waikato - Maaori te whenua...

Ursula - Waikato - Maaori te whenua...

Trevor - Whanganui - Kia kaha Te reo Maori...

Trevor - Whanganui - Kia kaha Te reo Maori...

Tracy - Tauranga - I have also wanted to learn to converse in Maori...

Tracy - Tauranga - I have also wanted to learn to converse in Maori...

Timoti - Kaiapoi North Canterbury - to help deaf adults to do sign languages to communication each others in Te Reo Maori,...

Timoti - Kaiapoi North Canterbury - to help deaf adults to do sign languages to communication each others in Te Reo Maori,...

Tiare - Oxford - Because my language is beautiful and there is so much depth and meaning to our kupu...

Tiare - Oxford - Because my language is beautiful and there is so much depth and meaning to our kupu...

Theresa - Tauranga - To connect...

Theresa - Tauranga - To connect...

Terrie - Christchurch - It's my birth right, although learning Te Reo has slipped away from me, I am ready to take the Journey...

Terrie - Christchurch - It's my birth right, although learning Te Reo has slipped away from me, I am ready to take the Journey...

TeAra - Havelock North - Te Reo is and should be Aotearoa's first and first official language, lets all be bilingual...

TeAra - Havelock North - Te Reo is and should be Aotearoa's first and first official language, lets all be bilingual...

Te Aomihia - Kaikoura - I navigate myself by continuing the work of my tupuna, I uphold their mana; And perhaps the sharing of the...

Te Aomihia - Kaikoura - I navigate myself by continuing the work of my tupuna, I uphold their mana; And perhaps the sharing of the...

Te-Reo-Iriaka - Tāmaki Makaurau - E Arohaina ana te reo e au!...

Te-Reo-Iriaka - Tāmaki Makaurau - E Arohaina ana te reo e au!...

taylor - Christchurch - because I can speak te Reo Maori ...

taylor - Christchurch - because I can speak te Reo Maori ...

Tanya - Invercargill - As part of the whole a "New Zealander" I feel it is important to honour the Tangatewhenua of this country...

Tanya - Invercargill - As part of the whole a "New Zealander" I feel it is important to honour the Tangatewhenua of this country...

Taane - Auckland - He Māori ahau...

Taane - Auckland - He Māori ahau...

Stephanie - Hamilton - Because learning about others enriches everyone...

Stephanie - Hamilton - Because learning about others enriches everyone...

Sidney - Edmonton - My ancestors couldn’t speak Te Reo Māori , so I speak and continue to learn Māori for my ancestors who...

Sidney - Edmonton - My ancestors couldn’t speak Te Reo Māori , so I speak and continue to learn Māori for my ancestors who...

Sharon - New Plymouth - I have made the commitment to learn te reo Māori in an 18 month course at my work place...

Sharon - New Plymouth - I have made the commitment to learn te reo Māori in an 18 month course at my work place...

Shana - Sydney - Connecting to my roots, my whanau...

Shana - Sydney - Connecting to my roots, my whanau...

Sayaka - Wellington - To know the local language is a courtesy...

Sayaka - Wellington - To know the local language is a courtesy...

Sasha - Brisbane - For myself, my family & for my future tamariki to come...

Sasha - Brisbane - For myself, my family & for my future tamariki to come...

Sarah - Wellington - It's important to our programme to honour Māori and other Indigenous approaches to music and healing...

Sarah - Wellington - It's important to our programme to honour Māori and other Indigenous approaches to music and healing...

Sarah - Manurewa - Learn my language...

Sarah - Manurewa - Learn my language...

Sarah - Auckland - Te reo is a beautiful language!...

Sarah - Auckland - Te reo is a beautiful language!...

Santiago - Tauranga - To decolonise and pay homage!...

Santiago - Tauranga - To decolonise and pay homage!...

Sandra - Glen Eden - te reo Maori should be part of our daily life, it is our heritage...

Sandra - Glen Eden - te reo Maori should be part of our daily life, it is our heritage...

Sam - York - Growing up in Aotearoa I was always proud that te Reo was an official language, that was used in small...

Sam - York - Growing up in Aotearoa I was always proud that te Reo was an official language, that was used in small...

Sally - Palmerston North - So my kids learn to...

Sally - Palmerston North - So my kids learn to...

Ryan - Seattle - Culture and language go hand in hand...

Ryan - Seattle - Culture and language go hand in hand...

Ruth - Christchurch - I just love Maori Culture, been brought up Maori family and friends I love it, makes me who I am...

Ruth - Christchurch - I just love Maori Culture, been brought up Maori family and friends I love it, makes me who I am...

Rosie - Auckland - I feel sad that Maori were forced to abandon their language...

Rosie - Auckland - I feel sad that Maori were forced to abandon their language...

Rosie - Auckland - "Kōrero Māori i ngā wā katoa, i ngā wāhi katoa...

Rosie - Auckland - "Kōrero Māori i ngā wā katoa, i ngā wāhi katoa...

Rose - Auckland - Our commitment to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi living in Aotearoa ...

Rose - Auckland - Our commitment to the Te Tiriti o Waitangi living in Aotearoa ...

Rickie-lee - Rotorua - kia korero māori te ao katoa...

Rickie-lee - Rotorua - kia korero māori te ao katoa...

Reuben - London - Because I'm a New Zealander and I should know how to speak Maori ...

Reuben - London - Because I'm a New Zealander and I should know how to speak Maori ...

Renee - Perth, Western Australia - I have lived in Australia for 20 years but NZ is my home, my culture, my heritage...

Renee - Perth, Western Australia - I have lived in Australia for 20 years but NZ is my home, my culture, my heritage...

Red - Tamaki Makaurau - I am Maori and it’s important that people who live in our country have a better understanding of who I...

Red - Tamaki Makaurau - I am Maori and it’s important that people who live in our country have a better understanding of who I...

Rebecca - Perth Wa - I must learn to honour my mother, to not forget my country of birth and to be connected ...

Rebecca - Perth Wa - I must learn to honour my mother, to not forget my country of birth and to be connected ...

Rangimaria - Tautoko I Te Kaupapa Kia kaha ake to tātou reo...

Rangimaria - Tautoko I Te Kaupapa Kia kaha ake to tātou reo...

Ramona - Marayong - I am maori and want to learn my Reo...

Ramona - Marayong - I am maori and want to learn my Reo...

Rachel - Christchurch - Māori is apart of my culture and it’s important to me, I would love to learn more ...

Rachel - Christchurch - Māori is apart of my culture and it’s important to me, I would love to learn more ...

Rachael - Christchurch - To be respectful, to learn, to inquire, to observe and to hopefully, one day, know more!...

Rachael - Christchurch - To be respectful, to learn, to inquire, to observe and to hopefully, one day, know more!...

Phillipa - Hastings - It is important because it is one of the languages of Aotearoa and should be spoken in everyday life as...

Phillipa - Hastings - It is important because it is one of the languages of Aotearoa and should be spoken in everyday life as...

Peter - Otautahi - Te reo is important to our identity as New Zealanders...

Peter - Otautahi - Te reo is important to our identity as New Zealanders...

Paige - Hawkes Bay - To keep our reo alive and spread our culture to those that maybe unaware of our whakapapa or their own...

Paige - Hawkes Bay - To keep our reo alive and spread our culture to those that maybe unaware of our whakapapa or their own...

Nora - Rotorua - I am a Kaiako and a proud young maori Māmā...

Nora - Rotorua - I am a Kaiako and a proud young maori Māmā...

Nora - Auckland - It would be a great sadness to allow for Maori language to be forgotten, as its part of New Zealand's...

Nora - Auckland - It would be a great sadness to allow for Maori language to be forgotten, as its part of New Zealand's...

Niki - Hamilton - I am on my personal journey learning Te reo Maori for my family and I...

Niki - Hamilton - I am on my personal journey learning Te reo Maori for my family and I...

Niki - Christchurch - Its about normalising the use of our language and making it fun for those who have limited experience with it...

Niki - Christchurch - Its about normalising the use of our language and making it fun for those who have limited experience with it...

Nicole - Wellington - I just want to learn Te Reo Maori!...

Nicole - Wellington - I just want to learn Te Reo Maori!...

Nicolaas - Pakuranga - It's part of my own whakapapa...

Nicolaas - Pakuranga - It's part of my own whakapapa...

Nicola - Tauranga - I have just moved home to Aotearoa...

Nicola - Tauranga - I have just moved home to Aotearoa...

Nellie - Melbourne - Inspire and motivate others who have had a bad experience learning previously...

Nellie - Melbourne - Inspire and motivate others who have had a bad experience learning previously...

Naomi - Auckland - As a New Zealander it is important to value te reo Māori as a toanga...

Naomi - Auckland - As a New Zealander it is important to value te reo Māori as a toanga...

Nalini - Auckland - to acknowledge and support our New Zealand history and understand a new culture...

Nalini - Auckland - to acknowledge and support our New Zealand history and understand a new culture...

Monique - Sydney - To honour my tupuna, especially my kuia, she was subjected to racism because she was Maori...

Monique - Sydney - To honour my tupuna, especially my kuia, she was subjected to racism because she was Maori...

Monique - London - To continue to learn, share and revitalise our taonga...

Monique - London - To continue to learn, share and revitalise our taonga...

Moera - Brisbane - Kia kaha Te reo Maori...

Moera - Brisbane - Kia kaha Te reo Maori...

Mikilani - Honolulu - Maori people and their language touched my life...

Mikilani - Honolulu - Maori people and their language touched my life...

Mikaela - Auckland - Because Te Reo Maori is a fun thing to learn...

Mikaela - Auckland - Because Te Reo Maori is a fun thing to learn...

Mika - Wellington - I want to learn Māori because I think the Māori culture is very unique and that learning the language is...

Mika - Wellington - I want to learn Māori because I think the Māori culture is very unique and that learning the language is...

Mihi - Turangi - It is important to me to learn my native language...

Mihi - Turangi - It is important to me to learn my native language...

Melissa - Hamilton - Its important as a Kiwi to respect the Maori culture by learning Te Reo...

Melissa - Hamilton - Its important as a Kiwi to respect the Maori culture by learning Te Reo...

Melissa - Ashburton - ...

Melissa - Ashburton - ...

Maria - Auckland - Because as a family for overseas we also believe that roots are important and showing respect and appreciation for your...

Maria - Auckland - Because as a family for overseas we also believe that roots are important and showing respect and appreciation for your...

Margaret - Levin - I have retired recently and now have more time on my hands to learn...

Margaret - Levin - I have retired recently and now have more time on my hands to learn...

Maia - Dunedin - Our Maaori language is unique specifically to Aotearoa ...

Maia - Dunedin - Our Maaori language is unique specifically to Aotearoa ...

Lynda - Auckland - To have a better understanding of the language and culture...

Lynda - Auckland - To have a better understanding of the language and culture...

Lynda-May - Christchurch - My why is my two children and my partner (soon to be husband)...

Lynda-May - Christchurch - My why is my two children and my partner (soon to be husband)...

Lydia - Banks Peninsula - I love Maori language...

Lydia - Banks Peninsula - I love Maori language...

Luxmanan - Dunedin - It's important as new zealanders to learn about New Zealand culture and heritage...

Luxmanan - Dunedin - It's important as new zealanders to learn about New Zealand culture and heritage...

Lorenza - Basel Swizerland - Maori is part of the world's language diversity and part of the human heritage of all of us...

Lorenza - Basel Swizerland - Maori is part of the world's language diversity and part of the human heritage of all of us...

Lois - Arrowtown - Being a kiwi...

Lois - Arrowtown - Being a kiwi...

Liz - Whanganui-a-Tara - “Because it’s fun” says my eight-year-old tamahine :) And I say also because it’s just, right, beautiful, enlightening and powerful...

Liz - Whanganui-a-Tara - “Because it’s fun” says my eight-year-old tamahine :) And I say also because it’s just, right, beautiful, enlightening and powerful...

Liz - Lower Hutt - learning te reo Māori is important to me because it is the reo of my tupuna and our whenua Aotearoa/NZ...

Liz - Lower Hutt - learning te reo Māori is important to me because it is the reo of my tupuna and our whenua Aotearoa/NZ...

Leslie - Tangata whenua...

Leslie - Tangata whenua...

Lena - Auckland - I want to learn more about Maori people and improve my Maori language...

Lena - Auckland - I want to learn more about Maori people and improve my Maori language...

Leishia - Lower Hutt - Whoops I meant to sign up earlier...

Leishia - Lower Hutt - Whoops I meant to sign up earlier...

Leilani - Wellington - Because Te Reo Maori is not spoken anywhere else in the world...

Leilani - Wellington - Because Te Reo Maori is not spoken anywhere else in the world...

Leah - Lowehutt - As a Maori wahine I think it is very important , it's apart of who I am...

Leah - Lowehutt - As a Maori wahine I think it is very important , it's apart of who I am...

Laura - Tamaki Makaurau - Te Reo Maori is an official language of NZ, it's our culture and history...

Laura - Tamaki Makaurau - Te Reo Maori is an official language of NZ, it's our culture and history...