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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Lynley - Tāmakimakaurau - _...

Lynley - Tāmakimakaurau - _...

Shani - My tupuna and my future moko are my Y!...

Shani - My tupuna and my future moko are my Y!...

Amy - Part of goals to achieve; have got it in me to speak te reo just need that extra push to...

Amy - Part of goals to achieve; have got it in me to speak te reo just need that extra push to...

Gail - Ko Taranaki toku iwi...

Gail - Ko Taranaki toku iwi...

Hingano - To keep the language alive for future generations...

Hingano - To keep the language alive for future generations...

Line - Te Reo Maori is New Zealand's native language from many years back...

Line - Te Reo Maori is New Zealand's native language from many years back...

Anne - I am Maori and Cook Island Maori but have little knowledge and experience about the language and culture...

Anne - I am Maori and Cook Island Maori but have little knowledge and experience about the language and culture...

Maria - to be respectful of the country I live...

Maria - to be respectful of the country I live...

Cindy - Currently on my journey of learning the reo...

Cindy - Currently on my journey of learning the reo...

Maree - On a journey to learn te reo:)...

Maree - On a journey to learn te reo:)...

Lafo - I want to continue to grow as a New Zealander...

Lafo - I want to continue to grow as a New Zealander...

daniel - To speak in the native tongue of my koroua ...

daniel - To speak in the native tongue of my koroua ...

Coleen - I want to learn the basics ...

Coleen - I want to learn the basics ...

Lynda - I have a lot of my personal friends that are Maori and i work for a Maori organisation...

Lynda - I have a lot of my personal friends that are Maori and i work for a Maori organisation...

Lynette - Because I want to help preserve this beautiful language and culture...

Lynette - Because I want to help preserve this beautiful language and culture...

Roxane - cos it's time :-) nga mihinui tatou ...

Roxane - cos it's time :-) nga mihinui tatou ...

Tia - Sydney - Getting my native tongue back...

Tia - Sydney - Getting my native tongue back...

Irene - Christchurch - I am indigenous and I am enlarging my identity...

Irene - Christchurch - I am indigenous and I am enlarging my identity...

Tui - Hamilton - My why is the future of our Reo...

Tui - Hamilton - My why is the future of our Reo...

Stacey - Wellington - Te reo Māori is the language of my people...

Stacey - Wellington - Te reo Māori is the language of my people...

Graeme - Christchurch - As I want to make Te Reo Maori a bigger part of our Kura...

Graeme - Christchurch - As I want to make Te Reo Maori a bigger part of our Kura...

Nick - Auckland - I wish I spoke every language!...

Nick - Auckland - I wish I spoke every language!...

Katrina - Nelson - I am a mother and a Primary School teacher...

Katrina - Nelson - I am a mother and a Primary School teacher...

Melissa - Paekākāriki - Kia tautokona te tino rangatiratanga o te iwi Māori e tēnei o ngā uri o te Pākehā...

Melissa - Paekākāriki - Kia tautokona te tino rangatiratanga o te iwi Māori e tēnei o ngā uri o te Pākehā...

Felicity - Nelson - Respect the language!...

Felicity - Nelson - Respect the language!...

Nick - Tamaki makau rau - I am a kaiako and a whānau form class teacher, 3 years in NZ...

Nick - Tamaki makau rau - I am a kaiako and a whānau form class teacher, 3 years in NZ...

Lisa - Auckland - Because, although Pākehā I am privileged to be learning to kōrero i te Reo Rangatira...

Lisa - Auckland - Because, although Pākehā I am privileged to be learning to kōrero i te Reo Rangatira...

Te Rangi - Kaikohe - Te maumaharatanga a te hikoi a Whaea Whina wha tekau o nga tau kua hipa...

Te Rangi - Kaikohe - Te maumaharatanga a te hikoi a Whaea Whina wha tekau o nga tau kua hipa...

Sueann - Auckland - Connecting to the past and being able to pass that connection onto my future generations...

Sueann - Auckland - Connecting to the past and being able to pass that connection onto my future generations...

Waitonga - Auckland - My why is the mere fact that our tupuna fought to save our culture after colonization...

Waitonga - Auckland - My why is the mere fact that our tupuna fought to save our culture after colonization...

Jenny - Auckland - I’m so proud and blessed to be a kiwi and I feel part of that is learning the language that...

Jenny - Auckland - I’m so proud and blessed to be a kiwi and I feel part of that is learning the language that...

Justine - Porirua - I am Tangata Whenua and I love our Reo, it is beautiful, so I want to promote our beautiful language...

Justine - Porirua - I am Tangata Whenua and I love our Reo, it is beautiful, so I want to promote our beautiful language...

Justine - Porirua - I am Tangata Whenua and I love our Reo, it is beautiful, so I want to promote our beautiful language...

Justine - Porirua - I am Tangata Whenua and I love our Reo, it is beautiful, so I want to promote our beautiful language...

vicki - new bighton - cas I am a kiwi and it is the language of the land and it is important to save it...

vicki - new bighton - cas I am a kiwi and it is the language of the land and it is important to save it...

Mona - Foxton Beach - Mo nga mokopuna te take...

Mona - Foxton Beach - Mo nga mokopuna te take...

Jared - Kaeo - Kia whakapiki te taumata o taku reo...

Jared - Kaeo - Kia whakapiki te taumata o taku reo...

Daryl - Christchurch - Because where I work they constantly pronounce Te Reo wrong...

Daryl - Christchurch - Because where I work they constantly pronounce Te Reo wrong...

Hinemoa - Auckland - My WHY is to keep the language alive through all cultures...

Hinemoa - Auckland - My WHY is to keep the language alive through all cultures...

Stephanie - Wellington - Our why is because our organisations' values are wana - passion, haepapa - responsibility and aroha - compassion...

Stephanie - Wellington - Our why is because our organisations' values are wana - passion, haepapa - responsibility and aroha - compassion...

Amber - Auckland - Playfulness is my number one personal value and te reo maori is such a rich vein for wordplay and double...

Amber - Auckland - Playfulness is my number one personal value and te reo maori is such a rich vein for wordplay and double...

June - auckland - Maori is cool!...

June - auckland - Maori is cool!...

Kylie - Wellington - For my tamariki!...

Kylie - Wellington - For my tamariki!...

Heather - Paraparaumu - Maori language must survive, and I want to be a part of making it happen ...

Heather - Paraparaumu - Maori language must survive, and I want to be a part of making it happen ...

Belinda - Masterton - I want to set an example for my Kuta and lead by learning Te Reo ...

Belinda - Masterton - I want to set an example for my Kuta and lead by learning Te Reo ...

Sharon - Melbourne - Though I am not fluent in te reo, I am very proud to be Maori...

Sharon - Melbourne - Though I am not fluent in te reo, I am very proud to be Maori...

Hera - Hamilton - I want to learn ...

Hera - Hamilton - I want to learn ...

Robin - Napier - I am learning te Reo Maori as my Children and Grandchildren are now learning the language...

Robin - Napier - I am learning te Reo Maori as my Children and Grandchildren are now learning the language...

bev - Wellington - Ka ora te reo i ngā kaikōrero o te reo Māori...

bev - Wellington - Ka ora te reo i ngā kaikōrero o te reo Māori...

Roxy - Te Waiharakeke/Blenheim - I think te reo Māori is the most beautiful language in te ao and I value my partnership through Te...

Roxy - Te Waiharakeke/Blenheim - I think te reo Māori is the most beautiful language in te ao and I value my partnership through Te...

Ngaire - Tamaki Makaurau -

Kia Ora,I am Māori and passionate about learning my language and sharing that with others...

Ngaire - Tamaki Makaurau -

Kia Ora,I am Māori and passionate about learning my language and sharing that with others...

Barbara - New Plymouth - All languages are important...

Barbara - New Plymouth - All languages are important...

wendy - Waiheke Island - It is important to encourage tamariki and ako to use te reo daily- not just during maori language week...

wendy - Waiheke Island - It is important to encourage tamariki and ako to use te reo daily- not just during maori language week...

Jacqueline - Bern, switzerland - I started learning te reo Māori and everything about your culture in april, because of a waiata...

Jacqueline - Bern, switzerland - I started learning te reo Māori and everything about your culture in april, because of a waiata...

Kylie - Brisbane AU - I want to pass on our ancestors language to my tamariki...

Kylie - Brisbane AU - I want to pass on our ancestors language to my tamariki...

Katrina - Christchurch - To help promote te reo o Aotearoa...

Katrina - Christchurch - To help promote te reo o Aotearoa...

Janelle - Dunedin - As kaiako we have a part to play in maintaining and up skilling the tereo Maori of our tamariki...

Janelle - Dunedin - As kaiako we have a part to play in maintaining and up skilling the tereo Maori of our tamariki...

Amanda - Auckland - There wasn't a lot of te reo (if any) taught at my schools, and after almost a decade overseas I'd...

Amanda - Auckland - There wasn't a lot of te reo (if any) taught at my schools, and after almost a decade overseas I'd...

Otaki Waka Hoe Charitable Trust - Parirua - Kāore i tua atu i te kaha rangona, i te kaha kitea o te reo hei whakatairanga, hei whakaū i...

Otaki Waka Hoe Charitable Trust - Parirua - Kāore i tua atu i te kaha rangona, i te kaha kitea o te reo hei whakatairanga, hei whakaū i...

Colleen - Hamilton - l want to be able to talk to my moko because they go to kohunga...

Colleen - Hamilton - l want to be able to talk to my moko because they go to kohunga...

Camilla - Napier - I'm a pākehā in a colonised land...

Camilla - Napier - I'm a pākehā in a colonised land...

Amanda - Auckland - Why take part? It's simple I guess...

Amanda - Auckland - Why take part? It's simple I guess...

Eden - Perth - If Te Reo was more integrated in learning at school during my upbringing I would of being able to keep...

Eden - Perth - If Te Reo was more integrated in learning at school during my upbringing I would of being able to keep...

Sherrilee - Bromley - Tēnā tātou katoa, ...

Sherrilee - Bromley - Tēnā tātou katoa, ...

Tania - Onehunga - Our children are learning Maori as a second language and I think it is important that they know that Maori...

Tania - Onehunga - Our children are learning Maori as a second language and I think it is important that they know that Maori...

Quynh - Masterton - There are quite a few connections between te reo Māori and Vietnamese language that I find really interesting...

Quynh - Masterton - There are quite a few connections between te reo Māori and Vietnamese language that I find really interesting...

Sarah - Wellington - I am pākehā, and my children struggle to understand the relevance of te reo Māori...

Sarah - Wellington - I am pākehā, and my children struggle to understand the relevance of te reo Māori...

Anna - Christchurch - I am currently learning Te Reo Māori (level 5) with a desire to better integrate the kaupapa and tikanga in...

Anna - Christchurch - I am currently learning Te Reo Māori (level 5) with a desire to better integrate the kaupapa and tikanga in...

Sandie - Hastings - I have a goal to be fluent (enough) in 3 years in Te Reo and am already 8 months underway...

Sandie - Hastings - I have a goal to be fluent (enough) in 3 years in Te Reo and am already 8 months underway...

Cheryl - Porirua - I have poor language skills but recognize I must push myself to learn Maori as it is an official language...

Cheryl - Porirua - I have poor language skills but recognize I must push myself to learn Maori as it is an official language...

Anihera - Kirikiriroa - Reclaiming identity...

Anihera - Kirikiriroa - Reclaiming identity...

Jackie - Auckland - I think Te reo is such an important part of NZ and being a New Zealander...

Jackie - Auckland - I think Te reo is such an important part of NZ and being a New Zealander...

Sara - Auckland - Mai i te Kōpae ki te Urupa tātou ako tonu ai...

Sara - Auckland - Mai i te Kōpae ki te Urupa tātou ako tonu ai...

Sharyn - Palmerston North - For our tamariki...

Sharyn - Palmerston North - For our tamariki...

Kelly - Hawkes Bay - Because te reo Maori is special and unique to tangata whenua...

Kelly - Hawkes Bay - Because te reo Maori is special and unique to tangata whenua...

Tracy-Anne - Auckland - I have started my journey (be it a long one) to learn te Reo so I can korero to my...

Tracy-Anne - Auckland - I have started my journey (be it a long one) to learn te Reo so I can korero to my...

Jade - New Plymouth - Because I am Maori, I love my culture, I love the music and I want my daughter to love our...

Jade - New Plymouth - Because I am Maori, I love my culture, I love the music and I want my daughter to love our...

Lynda - Christchurch - Am learning te reo...

Lynda - Christchurch - Am learning te reo...

Rowan - Auckland - So te reo maori is never forgotten/lost and is identified/recognised as the native language of New Zealand...

Rowan - Auckland - So te reo maori is never forgotten/lost and is identified/recognised as the native language of New Zealand...

Simon - Tāmaki Makaurau - Te Reo Māori is our taonga...

Simon - Tāmaki Makaurau - Te Reo Māori is our taonga...

Hohepa - Brisbane - I want to be a part of the Māori language moment/ week because I want to continue the growth of...

Hohepa - Brisbane - I want to be a part of the Māori language moment/ week because I want to continue the growth of...

Janay - Auckland - I am of māori, Chinese, Pakeha decent and am tired of being told that I am not māori enough...

Janay - Auckland - I am of māori, Chinese, Pakeha decent and am tired of being told that I am not māori enough...

Sylina - Auckland - Toku tupuna...

Sylina - Auckland - Toku tupuna...

Leighton - Melbourne - Our language is very important to me and a journey I am currently on...

Leighton - Melbourne - Our language is very important to me and a journey I am currently on...

Tania - Hamilton - I have recently joined the inclusion council with my place of work...

Tania - Hamilton - I have recently joined the inclusion council with my place of work...

Sophie - Auckland - I want to learn Te Reo so I can connect with Maori people and and Maori culture...

Sophie - Auckland - I want to learn Te Reo so I can connect with Maori people and and Maori culture...

Sharyn - Hamilton - The heartbeat of my son!...

Sharyn - Hamilton - The heartbeat of my son!...

Patty - Hokianga - Watched Jenny May interview Professor Rawinia Higgins on Morning Report...

Patty - Hokianga - Watched Jenny May interview Professor Rawinia Higgins on Morning Report...

Kura - Tokomaru Bay - He reo no oku tipuna, na ratau i tuku mai hei taonga kia korerohia...

Kura - Tokomaru Bay - He reo no oku tipuna, na ratau i tuku mai hei taonga kia korerohia...

Josie - Rotorua - Wanting to learn to understand and speak my language ...

Josie - Rotorua - Wanting to learn to understand and speak my language ...

Kate - Raglan - It’s about our future, the future for my moko...

Kate - Raglan - It’s about our future, the future for my moko...

Anastasia - Auckland - I love te reo Maori, It is a powerful te reo and so meaningful to Maori people...

Anastasia - Auckland - I love te reo Maori, It is a powerful te reo and so meaningful to Maori people...

Eileen - Taupo -

is having diverse cultures within the business willing to engage in celebrating maori culture and learning Te Reo Maori...

Eileen - Taupo -

is having diverse cultures within the business willing to engage in celebrating maori culture and learning Te Reo Maori...

Olivia - Auckland - Because this beautiful language needs to be spoken, heard and enjoyedp...

Olivia - Auckland - Because this beautiful language needs to be spoken, heard and enjoyedp...

Chris - Westport - I am currently going to Te Reo classes in the evening and really enjoying it...

Chris - Westport - I am currently going to Te Reo classes in the evening and really enjoying it...

Shirin - Waiheke, Auckland - It's important for us all to learn some Māori...

Shirin - Waiheke, Auckland - It's important for us all to learn some Māori...

Clare - Tauranga - I want to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi/ the Treaty of Waitangi as an immigrant to this country...

Clare - Tauranga - I want to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi/ the Treaty of Waitangi as an immigrant to this country...

Christine - Kimbolton - increase my knowledge understanding and use of te reo maori...

Christine - Kimbolton - increase my knowledge understanding and use of te reo maori...

Patricia - Bluff 9814 - Mo Whānau, te mea ai ano e pipiri matou...

Patricia - Bluff 9814 - Mo Whānau, te mea ai ano e pipiri matou...

Nancy Linda - Auckland - Te Reo carries with it the wairua of a culture I respect and honour...

Nancy Linda - Auckland - Te Reo carries with it the wairua of a culture I respect and honour...

Terri - Bulls - Our ako deserve to know about our local history, to have a place and feel comfortable as Maori learners...

Terri - Bulls - Our ako deserve to know about our local history, to have a place and feel comfortable as Maori learners...