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'

 

Kia ora...

Being connected, understanding, learning and being comfortable and proud in my own skin...

Mohio ki taku reo, mohio ki ahau...

I'm proud to be a Māori wahine proud of my culture, proud to be able to speak 2 languages...

Te Reo Maori is New Zealand...

I want to do what I can to honour and help strengthen Te Reo Māori in Aotearoa...

To honour Te Tiriti and to help build the nation we can become...

Its the original language of our land, birds, trees...

My boys are an eighth Maori - my husband is a quarter...

The significance is as a nation, we can embrace the language of scriptural truth, and not miss out in delivering...

Te Reo Maori is one of three official languages in Aotearoa...

I want to support...

It’s important because this is me acknowledging my ancestors and also acknowledging the world we live in today Freedom of...

I am a Pakhea and as a New Zealander I lucky to have two official languages...

Proud of my culture X...

For all of Aotearoa to learn and grow as a whole hapori...

For my whanau and for my own continuous learning journey...

What drives me to learn Te Reo Maori is to honour the Tangata Whenua of this land by making sure...

So that I can be closer to my tupuna, my hapu and whanau...

My identity is bound to my ancestral language...

I am South African so have to work extra hard to teach Maori...

My why is my whānau, my whakapapa and the generations to come...

Te Reo is such a beautiful language and I feel that learning even a little more each year can only...

I am in Australia but still call Aotearoa my home...

At 5 years old my family were placed in Aōtearoa as refugees from Iran...

It is important for us to take part because Te Reo is an official language of New Zealand and it...

Ko te reo te Puutaketanga o te Ao Maaori, koinaa te take e perangi ana teenei ki te tautoko te...

The resurgence of Te Reo Māori is awesome...

I want to be able to speak my language fluently and with confidence, and for the reo to become widespread...

This is my culture...

I want to take part to support a culture which I love (not my own) but that of my son...

My mother and father didn't know Te Reo until their adulthood, while their children had it since they were born...

He taonga te reo Māori, me rere tō tatou reo rangatira!...

our language is our culture...

For my tamariki to become more versed in the reo...

Following my heart...

It is nz culture and it’s nice and important to me with my wife being Māori and im a foreigner...

I just love learning about New Zealand's history and what it's like to be a Maori...

Mō āku tamariki...

Personal growth learning te reo maori...

A belief that te reo is one of NZ's taonga...

I am part Maori (Te Rarawa decent) and have been learning Te Reo over the past 2 years so I...

Kia kaha te reo Māori!...

To learn, understand and respect tikanga Maori...

It's important for te reo Māori to flourish as it's unique to Aotearoa...

identity...

To be part of what a New Zealander is...

To speak Maori...

To actively promote maori language use...

love learning more about the language and culture...

Because I am Maori and i want to learn about my culture...

So I can be more in touch with the native language...

Te Reo Māori has been a significant part of my life and it has given me a lot of purpose...

Because I believe Te Reo should be part of our everyday lives...

I am new to Aotearoa New Zealand and te reo Maori is a unique and wonderful part of the fabric...

I'm of Cook Island decent born n breed in NZ, I attended Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa Maori with my...

I’m on a personal journey moving from Te Po to Te Ao...

Education and understanding...

so that i can learn how to speak maori and understand maori and yea thats all i can think off...

Supporting my Maori friends retain their culture...

Because if I take that time to learn I won't be so whakama about not being able to speak Te...

Te reo is our national language important to integrate te reo into the curriculum daily where possible...

To stay true to who I am as Maori & be encouraged to speak what Te Reo I do know...

The uniqueness of te reo Māori is a taonga...

Because I feel as though, I’m missing a part of Who I am as a person...

Te reo Maori is one of our official languages...

acknowledge, celebrate, identify...

It has been one regret I have in life is not learning te reo, not just at home but being...

Te Reo Maori is one of our 3 official languages, and our first language...

As I am doing a Te Reo course at work I would like to improve and extend my knowledge of...

As a Māori I strongly believe that our culture and language deserves more respect and acknowledgement that it has been...

Personally I think learning Te Reo Māori and the Tikanga connects us back to Papatuanuku, reminds us about what it...

Although I am Pakeha I feel a strong connection to all things Maori and I love sharing this beautiful taonga...

Ko matou enei!...

Te Reo Māori is important to me because it connects me with my tūpuna, my whakapapa, my whenua...

Its future...

In 2017 I went to the Waitangi Day celebrations at Otakou Marae...

To strengthen te reo Maaori in Aotearoa...

i have lived in australia for to long i have forgotten maori tanga whaikorero...

He taonga te reo rangatira - tiakina, kōrerohia te reo kia ora ai...

To communicate with others for example learn sign language...

Taking part during the natives is important since this is actually their land so we should respect and celebrate their...

Because our language is going away and I want to do my part in keeping it around for my kids...

To keep our language strong...

Ko tāku, kia parakatihi I tōku nei Reo Maori...

Kia tautoko te kaupapa o te wiki o te reo Māori...

Speaking Te reo Maori is important for all Kiwis...

Important to learn the native language of the land and I believe language is culture...

Because I'm a proud New Zealander and te reo Maori is part of this countries heritage...

I believe that it is incumbent on us all and especially immigrants like myself to be respectful and to learn...

Connection...

Because people should know the language of the land or at least acknowledge it...

It is a very special event...

Our Reo is a taonga, and I'm determined to pass it on to my tamariki - already my kotiro speaks...

I love singing and tu tiri mai nga iwi is my favorite song...

Respect and appreciation of my Māori ancestry and culture...

Awesome to appreciate our national language and ensure it remains an important part of our culture and society as a...

Because it is what makes New Zealand , New Zealand...

Because I want everyone to feel brave and confident about speaking te red Maori in my family...

It is important to recognize that Te Reo Māori is an amazing and beautiful part of our culture, to learn...