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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I have three tamariki under 3...

I have three tamariki under 3...

It is a language that belongs in New Zealand and I would never what to see it die out...

It is a language that belongs in New Zealand and I would never what to see it die out...

We can each contribute in some small way to effect great change...

We can each contribute in some small way to effect great change...

Ko te Reo ake o Aotearoa nei he reo o te tangata whenua...

Ko te Reo ake o Aotearoa nei he reo o te tangata whenua...

I would like to move to New Zealand and become part of the community...

I would like to move to New Zealand and become part of the community...

So I can help my grandchildren ...

So I can help my grandchildren ...

Kia whiua ki te ao, ki nga iwi katoa ...

Kia whiua ki te ao, ki nga iwi katoa ...

I think it's an important part of being a New Zealand that we have a good grasp of Te Reo and that I feel confident to teach it in a classroom and ECE centre...

I think it's an important part of being a New Zealand that we have a good grasp of Te Reo and that I feel confident to teach it in a classroom and ECE centre...

I am a wahine Māori, who grew up without knowing how to speak Te Reo Māori...

I am a wahine Māori, who grew up without knowing how to speak Te Reo Māori...

To strengthen and normalise the reo spoken at my kura...

To strengthen and normalise the reo spoken at my kura...

Learning Te Reo deserves the recognition and respect to ensure it becomes the norm in my son and mokopuna lives...

Learning Te Reo deserves the recognition and respect to ensure it becomes the norm in my son and mokopuna lives...

We want to celebrate our Bicultural partnership and heritage ...

We want to celebrate our Bicultural partnership and heritage ...

Because my school is doing ut and I wouod like to contribute to the schools moments!...

Because my school is doing ut and I wouod like to contribute to the schools moments!...

Because te reo Māori is the way we can create equality and what makes us unique as Kiwis...

Because te reo Māori is the way we can create equality and what makes us unique as Kiwis...

Learning about history and culture is important...

Learning about history and culture is important...

Recognising our taonga that is te reo Māori...

Recognising our taonga that is te reo Māori...

I want to be able to speak fluent Te Reo so I can connect to my culture...

I want to be able to speak fluent Te Reo so I can connect to my culture...

To make te reo Māori commonplace and make Aotearoa a truly bilingual country...

To make te reo Māori commonplace and make Aotearoa a truly bilingual country...

I am proud to be Māori and believe that our language is beautiful...

I am proud to be Māori and believe that our language is beautiful...

Tena Koutou...

Tena Koutou...

I am Maori, and sharing my reo has always been paramount...

I am Maori, and sharing my reo has always been paramount...

To revitalise the indegenous language of New Zealand...

To revitalise the indegenous language of New Zealand...

My Dad & Mum always encouraged me to learn more about our Maori culture, food, land and whakapapa...

My Dad & Mum always encouraged me to learn more about our Maori culture, food, land and whakapapa...

because Te Reo is our national language and I know very little Te Reo...

because Te Reo is our national language and I know very little Te Reo...

it is a huge part of the country I live in...

it is a huge part of the country I live in...

I have recently been blessed with a great-grandson...

I have recently been blessed with a great-grandson...

To reconnect with my tūpuna and to be a better future health care professional for my Māori patients - so we can have better rapport and I am able to better earn their trust so I can help provide better health outcomes for them and reduce inequities they face...

To reconnect with my tūpuna and to be a better future health care professional for my Māori patients - so we can have better rapport and I am able to better earn their trust so I can help provide better health outcomes for them and reduce inequities they face...

Na aku Tipuna i takoha mai tenei taonga ki wau, na reira kia tika ana kia tukuna atu awau ki oku uri whakatipu hei taonga mapihi maurea ma ratou, ara ma tatou katoa...

Na aku Tipuna i takoha mai tenei taonga ki wau, na reira kia tika ana kia tukuna atu awau ki oku uri whakatipu hei taonga mapihi maurea ma ratou, ara ma tatou katoa...

I'm a hungarian woman and I'd like to move to New Zealand...

I'm a hungarian woman and I'd like to move to New Zealand...

To help make New Zealand a more equitable society, so that everyone can have the opportunity to thrive...

To help make New Zealand a more equitable society, so that everyone can have the opportunity to thrive...

The language is beautiful and understanding each kupu enables a better understanding of living in Aotearoa...

The language is beautiful and understanding each kupu enables a better understanding of living in Aotearoa...

Because I believe Māori should be taught as a second language to everyone in school (made compulsory to learn)...

Because I believe Māori should be taught as a second language to everyone in school (made compulsory to learn)...

It was beautiful to share the waiata with our choir in a way that help to promote Te Reo...

It was beautiful to share the waiata with our choir in a way that help to promote Te Reo...

It's very important to be connected with our local communities and culture...

It's very important to be connected with our local communities and culture...

My father grew up in Awarua in the far north and his first language he was taught was te reo Māori...

My father grew up in Awarua in the far north and his first language he was taught was te reo Māori...

Any language is a treasure...

Any language is a treasure...

I'm a new zealander...

I'm a new zealander...

I am a Pakeha, but I would like to learn Maori as it is an important part of Aotearoa's culture, history and future...

I am a Pakeha, but I would like to learn Maori as it is an important part of Aotearoa's culture, history and future...

Decolonisation is critical for healing...

Decolonisation is critical for healing...

I will have just moved back from London...

I will have just moved back from London...

Because it’s a shame and shameful not to take part ❤️...

Because it’s a shame and shameful not to take part ❤️...

I am originally from Ireland and have lived in Aotearoa for 16 years, I love the Te Reo Maori language and have been learning it for a year now...

I am originally from Ireland and have lived in Aotearoa for 16 years, I love the Te Reo Maori language and have been learning it for a year now...

I understand and can korero some but need more interaction with fluent speakers of Te reo Maori...

I understand and can korero some but need more interaction with fluent speakers of Te reo Maori...

Being maori is a privilege, and not knowing how to speak te reo maori breaks my heart,its important to me to learn te reo maori as im sure it will complete me in my te ao maori...

Being maori is a privilege, and not knowing how to speak te reo maori breaks my heart,its important to me to learn te reo maori as im sure it will complete me in my te ao maori...

I love so much about our indigenous culture and wairua and am enriched by everything I learn about it...

I love so much about our indigenous culture and wairua and am enriched by everything I learn about it...

I live in Melbourne, Australia and I have Kiwi/Maori students at my school...

I live in Melbourne, Australia and I have Kiwi/Maori students at my school...

Because of my whãnau, I want them to be more culturally immersed ...

Because of my whãnau, I want them to be more culturally immersed ...

I would like to be able to learn te reo maori, so that I can pass it on to my grown up children, who were all born here in Australia, hoping that they will pass it on to their children...

I would like to be able to learn te reo maori, so that I can pass it on to my grown up children, who were all born here in Australia, hoping that they will pass it on to their children...

Acknowledge our whakapapa...

Acknowledge our whakapapa...

Our beautiful bi-cultural nation of Aotearoa needs to embrace and support the growth and development of Te Reo Māori...

Our beautiful bi-cultural nation of Aotearoa needs to embrace and support the growth and development of Te Reo Māori...

I want Te Reo to be organic and typical in all kiwi lifestyles...

I want Te Reo to be organic and typical in all kiwi lifestyles...

To spread the awareness of te reo as a means to know your identify ...

To spread the awareness of te reo as a means to know your identify ...

It's part of New Zealand's culture and its important we embrace that and honour it...

It's part of New Zealand's culture and its important we embrace that and honour it...

I live in this country and it would be a shame (on me) if I could not even speak a few words of Maori and understood the history of this country...

I live in this country and it would be a shame (on me) if I could not even speak a few words of Maori and understood the history of this country...

Language is the root of every culture...

Language is the root of every culture...

Our unique indigenous language should be an integral part of being a kiwi...

Our unique indigenous language should be an integral part of being a kiwi...

I'm a beginner learner and loved studying Te Ara Reo Māori last year and wanted to continue to improve my reo...

I'm a beginner learner and loved studying Te Ara Reo Māori last year and wanted to continue to improve my reo...

Because I live in Aotearoa...

Because I live in Aotearoa...

Because Aotearoa is the only country that acts as the repository for te reo Maori...

Because Aotearoa is the only country that acts as the repository for te reo Maori...

Because I love the Māori language and I would love to learn more and be a part of teaching more kiwis to speak our native language!...

Because I love the Māori language and I would love to learn more and be a part of teaching more kiwis to speak our native language!...

he tangata māori ahau o Aotearoa...

he tangata māori ahau o Aotearoa...

I live in Canada, makes me feel closer to my culture and tupuna...

I live in Canada, makes me feel closer to my culture and tupuna...

My children are Maori and my wife is fluent in Te Reo, I need to catch up...

My children are Maori and my wife is fluent in Te Reo, I need to catch up...

To promote Te reo Māori to keep it alive for many generations...

To promote Te reo Māori to keep it alive for many generations...

Because I want to be more confident in using Te Reo every day...

Because I want to be more confident in using Te Reo every day...

I want to join jag n and have fun...

I want to join jag n and have fun...

I am fascinated with the culture and the importance of te reo Māori...

I am fascinated with the culture and the importance of te reo Māori...

I am Maori...

I am Maori...

To help me have structure to help me start my Te Reo journey...

To help me have structure to help me start my Te Reo journey...

I’ve always wanted to learn Māori—it is a beautiful language and connects me to the whenua, even living in the northern hemisphere...

I’ve always wanted to learn Māori—it is a beautiful language and connects me to the whenua, even living in the northern hemisphere...

So I can learn more about my heritage and learn how to speak Maori ...

So I can learn more about my heritage and learn how to speak Maori ...

Te reo māori is important to me as a pākehā who is committed to the treaty...

Te reo māori is important to me as a pākehā who is committed to the treaty...

I believe te reo is important, and I want to show my support of this...

I believe te reo is important, and I want to show my support of this...

I wish to understand what is being spoken and written...

I wish to understand what is being spoken and written...

to be one and a 1000,000...

to be one and a 1000,000...

Because I care for my culture it takes a big part of my life and heart...

Because I care for my culture it takes a big part of my life and heart...

Coz I want to...

Coz I want to...

I'm not a fluent speaker, but I try every day to use what Māori I have ia ra, ia ra...

I'm not a fluent speaker, but I try every day to use what Māori I have ia ra, ia ra...

Maori is apart of me, it’s who I am and therefore understanding more of who I am is important for me not only now in the present but also for the future me too...

Maori is apart of me, it’s who I am and therefore understanding more of who I am is important for me not only now in the present but also for the future me too...

Celebrating te Reo Māori is a priority for me, to help recognise the rich culture and heritage we have here in New Zealand and so we can be proud of our national language...

Celebrating te Reo Māori is a priority for me, to help recognise the rich culture and heritage we have here in New Zealand and so we can be proud of our national language...

Being disconnected from whakaapapa and culture, It's important for me to push myself to reconnect, restore and reclaim my Maori heritage so that my children and future generations won't need to go searching...

Being disconnected from whakaapapa and culture, It's important for me to push myself to reconnect, restore and reclaim my Maori heritage so that my children and future generations won't need to go searching...

Whuia te reo...

Whuia te reo...

I grew up in kohanga and kura kaupapa then when I was 8 years old I was transferred to a pakeha school to learn English...

I grew up in kohanga and kura kaupapa then when I was 8 years old I was transferred to a pakeha school to learn English...

It is important as I would like to embrace the culture we have in NZ...

It is important as I would like to embrace the culture we have in NZ...

I wanna know maori causal language...

I wanna know maori causal language...

It's important to me on a personal level as well as a professional level...

It's important to me on a personal level as well as a professional level...

The reason why I took part is that I believe that Te Reo Maori is NZ 's national language and we as New Zealanders should be proud to keep it alive!...

The reason why I took part is that I believe that Te Reo Maori is NZ 's national language and we as New Zealanders should be proud to keep it alive!...

I grew up around a lot of Maori but never really had the opportunity to learn even though I was interested...

I grew up around a lot of Maori but never really had the opportunity to learn even though I was interested...

It is important for me to take part because I am part maori and I use to be able to speak te reo when I went to kohanga...

It is important for me to take part because I am part maori and I use to be able to speak te reo when I went to kohanga...

To improve my understanding of te reo and hopefully be confident to use the language on a daily basis...

To improve my understanding of te reo and hopefully be confident to use the language on a daily basis...

New Zealand is my home now (since Oct 2000) and I feel closer to the land and to the people when I make the effort to speak te reo...

New Zealand is my home now (since Oct 2000) and I feel closer to the land and to the people when I make the effort to speak te reo...

Maori is a shared main language of Aotearoa along with sign language and English...

Maori is a shared main language of Aotearoa along with sign language and English...

Because the Maori language is part of our history and culture...

Because the Maori language is part of our history and culture...

I would like to be part of the journey, and learn more...

I would like to be part of the journey, and learn more...

Te Reo is sadly missing in the workplace...

Te Reo is sadly missing in the workplace...

I want children to be excited about speaking the unique language of te reo Maaori and this is just one way to celebrate our learning of it...

I want children to be excited about speaking the unique language of te reo Maaori and this is just one way to celebrate our learning of it...

As someone proud of my Māori whakapapa but not a fluent speaker of te reo (a regret I hope to rectify one day) I think it is great to celebrate te reo in this way...

As someone proud of my Māori whakapapa but not a fluent speaker of te reo (a regret I hope to rectify one day) I think it is great to celebrate te reo in this way...

Constitutionally we're a bicultural nation, so being bilingual seems appropriate ...

Constitutionally we're a bicultural nation, so being bilingual seems appropriate ...

Important to learn our reo so it won’t be lost...

Important to learn our reo so it won’t be lost...

I strongly believe that we need to continue to lift the Maori language throughout NZ...

I strongly believe that we need to continue to lift the Maori language throughout NZ...