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.

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Kia kaha te reo Māori!
Kia kaha Aotearoa!

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I love hearing people speak te reo and always shy away from learning it myself...

I love hearing people speak te reo and always shy away from learning it myself...

I think ancient languages and tūpuna have so much to tell and teach as humans, no matter what part of Earth we were born and live...

I think ancient languages and tūpuna have so much to tell and teach as humans, no matter what part of Earth we were born and live...

My mum and her whānau were punished at school for speaking Te Reo which was brutal considering that was all they knew...

My mum and her whānau were punished at school for speaking Te Reo which was brutal considering that was all they knew...

Because it's important to keep traditional languages alive and I'd like to encourage younger people to learn Maori...

Because it's important to keep traditional languages alive and I'd like to encourage younger people to learn Maori...

kause...

kause...

Te reo should be used everywhere...

Te reo should be used everywhere...

It's an important part of being a New Zealander...

It's an important part of being a New Zealander...

It's important for me to take part because I live in NZ where Maori is an official language...

It's important for me to take part because I live in NZ where Maori is an official language...

As a Maori in Aotearoa/NZ this is an important part of everyday life ...

As a Maori in Aotearoa/NZ this is an important part of everyday life ...

I think the Maori language is beautiful and I think it's important that all children learn the basics at school, which I did and find very valuable and still remember even though I'm in my 40's!...

I think the Maori language is beautiful and I think it's important that all children learn the basics at school, which I did and find very valuable and still remember even though I'm in my 40's!...

To connect with the people, land and language of Aotearoas ancestors...

To connect with the people, land and language of Aotearoas ancestors...

I respect Maori people as tangata whenua of this land and the language as their identity and taonga just l...

I respect Maori people as tangata whenua of this land and the language as their identity and taonga just l...

I would love to speak te reo...

I would love to speak te reo...

Because I am Māori and I work in the Māori freshwater space...

Because I am Māori and I work in the Māori freshwater space...

Having pride in one of our official languages of Aoteoroa...

Having pride in one of our official languages of Aoteoroa...

Recognising that the Maori language is the language and culture of the Country I live in...

Recognising that the Maori language is the language and culture of the Country I live in...

The Reo is a part of who I am, it is our history, it is the first language for our nation...

The Reo is a part of who I am, it is our history, it is the first language for our nation...

I want to learn more te reo and really like this idea...

I want to learn more te reo and really like this idea...

Because we need to enhance Te Reo Maori more in our country...

Because we need to enhance Te Reo Maori more in our country...

Sir James Henare- the language is the core of our Māori culture and mana...

Sir James Henare- the language is the core of our Māori culture and mana...

I am taking part because I want to make a change...

I am taking part because I want to make a change...

Hei whakanuia i tōku reo, i tōku tuakiri ...

Hei whakanuia i tōku reo, i tōku tuakiri ...

WE want to encourage our tamariki to learn maori and be part of a movement...

WE want to encourage our tamariki to learn maori and be part of a movement...

Because I was not brought up with the reo and am a grandmother,great grandmother and no longer want to feel whakama for not knowing or understanding when my mokopuna speak ...

Because I was not brought up with the reo and am a grandmother,great grandmother and no longer want to feel whakama for not knowing or understanding when my mokopuna speak ...

The best way to preserve our beautiful indigenous languages is to learn it and use it, every day...

The best way to preserve our beautiful indigenous languages is to learn it and use it, every day...

To be apart of the kaupapa to celebrate our language ...

To be apart of the kaupapa to celebrate our language ...

Ki Te Ako tonu i Te reo maori...

Ki Te Ako tonu i Te reo maori...

It's an important part of calling Aotearoa home and, as a Pakeha, it helps me to connect to, respect and appreciate Maori and their culture...

It's an important part of calling Aotearoa home and, as a Pakeha, it helps me to connect to, respect and appreciate Maori and their culture...

To help them celebrate maori...

To help them celebrate maori...

I've recently started to learn te reo and have only just realised how much this means to my sense of being a New Zealander...

I've recently started to learn te reo and have only just realised how much this means to my sense of being a New Zealander...

it is important to me to take part as i am of Maori decent and I have a passion for all tikanga and Kawa i roro i te ao Maori...

it is important to me to take part as i am of Maori decent and I have a passion for all tikanga and Kawa i roro i te ao Maori...

Te Reo Maori is a taonga and a beautiful gift to be honoured...

Te Reo Maori is a taonga and a beautiful gift to be honoured...

Me akona i te reo Māori i roto i Aotearoa!...

Me akona i te reo Māori i roto i Aotearoa!...

To actively participate in being a New Zealander ...

To actively participate in being a New Zealander ...

Just keen to learn...

Just keen to learn...

Because I am Maori and we need to celebrate that every day not just one week of the year :)...

Because I am Maori and we need to celebrate that every day not just one week of the year :)...

To pass on my knowlegde to my son make sure hes grows up with the same guildlines and respect for his culture...

To pass on my knowlegde to my son make sure hes grows up with the same guildlines and respect for his culture...

I've very proud to be a New Zealander and learning about Māori culture (of which te reo is key) is an important part of understanding what it is to be a New Zealander...

I've very proud to be a New Zealander and learning about Māori culture (of which te reo is key) is an important part of understanding what it is to be a New Zealander...

This is important as it is part of...

This is important as it is part of...

Because as a Maori...

Because as a Maori...

We are in partnership with Te tiriti O Waitangi , it is important for it to be a art of our curriculum and show our Maori students who they are is important, their language is important...

We are in partnership with Te tiriti O Waitangi , it is important for it to be a art of our curriculum and show our Maori students who they are is important, their language is important...

To whakanui the reo...

To whakanui the reo...

Doing my part to ensure our Ao survives for our mokopuna...

Doing my part to ensure our Ao survives for our mokopuna...

I have the time now to learn...

I have the time now to learn...

Kia whakanuia te Reo Māori!...

Kia whakanuia te Reo Māori!...

I am maori women working in a cultural whanau worker role...

I am maori women working in a cultural whanau worker role...

I believe that learning te reo Māori is the most important way that pākehā and other ethnicities can build deep understanding and respect for te ao Māori and address institutional and casual racism...

I believe that learning te reo Māori is the most important way that pākehā and other ethnicities can build deep understanding and respect for te ao Māori and address institutional and casual racism...

Kia kaha te reo!...

Kia kaha te reo!...

So that I can learn the National language of New Zealand...

So that I can learn the National language of New Zealand...

Ki te pupuritia tonu tenei taonga o taatou...

Ki te pupuritia tonu tenei taonga o taatou...

So I can help show my children that it can be easy to use some Reo in everyday life...

So I can help show my children that it can be easy to use some Reo in everyday life...

Our whanau list our identity...

Our whanau list our identity...

Efforts to keep Te Reo growing...

Efforts to keep Te Reo growing...

Have a basic grasp of the language...

Have a basic grasp of the language...

I would like to see te reo Maori be more widely accepted and used in NZ - as our national language I feel it is important for it to be recognised...

I would like to see te reo Maori be more widely accepted and used in NZ - as our national language I feel it is important for it to be recognised...

Have been waiting for this to come since the mid 1980s when I first learned te reo...

Have been waiting for this to come since the mid 1980s when I first learned te reo...

New Zealand is a unique place with a unique culture...

New Zealand is a unique place with a unique culture...

I want to show respect to our founding culture and the best way I can do that is learn more Te Reo...

I want to show respect to our founding culture and the best way I can do that is learn more Te Reo...

I'd love for Te Reo to become more of a staple of NZ's everyday dialect...

I'd love for Te Reo to become more of a staple of NZ's everyday dialect...

Te Reo Māori is a national taonga, and I want to actively participate in the celebration of te reo Māori...

Te Reo Māori is a national taonga, and I want to actively participate in the celebration of te reo Māori...

I've always wanted to speak Te Reo fluently...

I've always wanted to speak Te Reo fluently...

Te Ao Maori is woven into the cultural fabric of who we are and everything we do...

Te Ao Maori is woven into the cultural fabric of who we are and everything we do...

To keep Te Reo Māori alive & to appreciate the culture indigenous to this land...

To keep Te Reo Māori alive & to appreciate the culture indigenous to this land...

To learn more about my whakapapa...

To learn more about my whakapapa...

Te Ao Māori is beautiful and as a Pākehā we have done a lot of damage to it...

Te Ao Māori is beautiful and as a Pākehā we have done a lot of damage to it...

I am a Niuean born in Aotearoa and I feel so connected to the people, to the land, the love and the waiatas, the language of the Maori...

I am a Niuean born in Aotearoa and I feel so connected to the people, to the land, the love and the waiatas, the language of the Maori...

Because my teacher made me, i mean told me this was happening...

Because my teacher made me, i mean told me this was happening...

When you learn a language, you also learn about the culture of that language—it's important to preserve our te reo Māori and culture, because it's what makes New Zealand the way it is...

When you learn a language, you also learn about the culture of that language—it's important to preserve our te reo Māori and culture, because it's what makes New Zealand the way it is...

Because te reo Māori is a living language and we need to be using it as much as possible, especially in educational settings...

Because te reo Māori is a living language and we need to be using it as much as possible, especially in educational settings...

Awhi tamariki ...

Awhi tamariki ...

No te mea ka whai mokopuna ahau...

No te mea ka whai mokopuna ahau...

We love using Maori in our daily language and learning about Papatunuku...

We love using Maori in our daily language and learning about Papatunuku...

to help build our movement for Reo inclusion for our entire society...

to help build our movement for Reo inclusion for our entire society...

Because I had no choice...

Because I had no choice...

To nurture our reo so that it may flourish for many generations to come...

To nurture our reo so that it may flourish for many generations to come...

Te Reo is our national language and I need to learn more ...

Te Reo is our national language and I need to learn more ...

Always keen to Tautoko Kaupapa Maori, Tu Maori Mai 👀...

Always keen to Tautoko Kaupapa Maori, Tu Maori Mai 👀...

#Samestorydifferentva'a...

#Samestorydifferentva'a...

BECAUSE...

BECAUSE...

Soak in all the knowledge ...

Soak in all the knowledge ...

It's who I am, a King Country born and breed, Tapu Toa Wahine!...

It's who I am, a King Country born and breed, Tapu Toa Wahine!...

Te reo is our language & we should all learn it...

Te reo is our language & we should all learn it...

Te Puni Kōkiri is a proud partner in the Maihi Karauna...

Te Puni Kōkiri is a proud partner in the Maihi Karauna...

because we owe it to our ancestors and to our future generations to learn!...

because we owe it to our ancestors and to our future generations to learn!...

Ko te reo te mauri o te Mana Māori...

Ko te reo te mauri o te Mana Māori...

We would like to learn everday Te Reo words that we can use at the workshop...

We would like to learn everday Te Reo words that we can use at the workshop...

To learn, teach and pass on Te Reo Māori to everyone in Aotearoa and beyond...

To learn, teach and pass on Te Reo Māori to everyone in Aotearoa and beyond...

My children...

My children...

Kia haapai i te oranga tonutanga o too taatou reo...

Kia haapai i te oranga tonutanga o too taatou reo...

The language will be lost if we wait too long andmy mokos will need it, more than I do, I have the memories...

The language will be lost if we wait too long andmy mokos will need it, more than I do, I have the memories...

Na taku aroha ki tōku reo te take!...

Na taku aroha ki tōku reo te take!...

I want to discover my sense of identity, and feel closer to my ancestry, my whanau...

I want to discover my sense of identity, and feel closer to my ancestry, my whanau...

Te reo Māori is a national language of Aotearoa and every person in this country should be able to speak reo Māori as fluently as English...

Te reo Māori is a national language of Aotearoa and every person in this country should be able to speak reo Māori as fluently as English...

It's important for me to take part and actively engage and promote the use of reo Māori in the workplace to honour one of NZ's national languages...

It's important for me to take part and actively engage and promote the use of reo Māori in the workplace to honour one of NZ's national languages...

To celebrate and experience joy through using one of our national languages, a language that is connected to our people, land, and who we are as a nation...

To celebrate and experience joy through using one of our national languages, a language that is connected to our people, land, and who we are as a nation...

I learn te reo Māori as it was the first human language of our whenua...

I learn te reo Māori as it was the first human language of our whenua...

Mai mai te reo ketekete i te whenua, te reo au i ngā pūkerekere hau, te reo kaha i te Moana nui a Kiwa...

Mai mai te reo ketekete i te whenua, te reo au i ngā pūkerekere hau, te reo kaha i te Moana nui a Kiwa...

Nōku te reo, nō ōku tūpuna ki au, ki aku tamariki...

Nōku te reo, nō ōku tūpuna ki au, ki aku tamariki...

Because I care about our nation and our culture...

Because I care about our nation and our culture...

Because it’s my kaupapa...

Because it’s my kaupapa...