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'

 

I have migrated to Aotearoa 27 years ago and I hardly know anything about Te Reo so I thought it...

I want to know my ancestors and there native tongue...

Even though I am not Maori and parents are immigrants, we all live in New Zealand and Maori should be...

My 7month old daughter is Māori and i would like to support and uplift her journey in Te Reo Māori...

Because who said our language wasn’t as important as any other language? nobody!...

It's my language and culture and have been wanting to learn for a long time now...

Would like to learn more about Maori culture...

As a relatively new kiwi (I immigrated six years ago), I want to understand everything about Aotearoa...

I originally belong to India and practice Sikh religion...

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

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

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

To communicate with Maori people...

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

Kia kaha te reo Māori!...

To learn te reo Maori for my mokopuna...

I feel in myself that I am missing out...

Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuturu o Aotearoa!...

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

To celebrate and honour culture, language and diversity...

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

Kia kaha te reo Maaori...

Kia tautoko te i kaupapa nei...

to study...

Te Reo Maori has had a big influence on the person I have become...

For me it is personal...

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

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

We, as a school, embrace te reo and Te Ao Māori...

To acknowledge that Te Reo Māori is inportant...

Maaori te whenua...

Kia kaha Te reo Maori...

I have also wanted to learn to converse in Maori...

to help deaf adults to do sign languages to communication each others in Te Reo Maori,...

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

To connect...

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

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

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

E Arohaina ana te reo e au!...

because I can speak te Reo Maori ...

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

He Māori ahau...

Because learning about others enriches everyone...

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

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

Connecting to my roots, my whanau...

To know the local language is a courtesy...

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

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

Learn my language...

Te reo is a beautiful language!...

To decolonise and pay homage!...

te reo Maori should be part of our daily life, it is our heritage...

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

So my kids learn to...

Culture and language go hand in hand...

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

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

"Kōrero Māori i ngā wā katoa, i ngā wāhi katoa...

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

kia korero māori te ao katoa...

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

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

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

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

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

I am maori and want to learn my Reo...

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

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

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

Te reo is important to our identity as New Zealanders...

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

I am a Kaiako and a proud young maori Māmā...

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

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

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

I just want to learn Te Reo Maori!...

It's part of my own whakapapa...

I have just moved home to Aotearoa...

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

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

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

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

To continue to learn, share and revitalise our taonga...

Kia kaha Te reo Maori...

Maori people and their language touched my life...

Because Te Reo Maori is a fun thing to learn...

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

It is important to me to learn my native language...

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

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

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

Our Maaori language is unique specifically to Aotearoa ...

To have a better understanding of the language and culture...

My why is my two children and my partner (soon to be husband)...

I love Maori language...

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

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