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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Mel - Tauranga - I want to learn the language...

Mel - Tauranga - I want to learn the language...

Violet - Lake Coogee - I want to learn Te reo Maori, so I'm not judged a plastic Maori...

Violet - Lake Coogee - I want to learn Te reo Maori, so I'm not judged a plastic Maori...

kaylene - chch - I have studied te Reo Maori in different ways at different times in my life ...

kaylene - chch - I have studied te Reo Maori in different ways at different times in my life ...

Harsh Singh - Hamilton - I want to promote Te Reo Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand...

Harsh Singh - Hamilton - I want to promote Te Reo Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand...

maranga - Kawerau - Na taku pēpi e takenga nei au ki te korero ki waiata ki noho i roto i toku ao māori...

maranga - Kawerau - Na taku pēpi e takenga nei au ki te korero ki waiata ki noho i roto i toku ao māori...

Moira - Hamilton - Never to old to learn and up skill arohanui ...

Moira - Hamilton - Never to old to learn and up skill arohanui ...

Fenella - Central Hawkes Bay - i toku tipuranga kahore oku matua i korero i te reo maori, i te wa i whanagai au oku tamariki...

Fenella - Central Hawkes Bay - i toku tipuranga kahore oku matua i korero i te reo maori, i te wa i whanagai au oku tamariki...

Fenella - Central Hawkes Bay - i toku tipuranga kahore oku matua i korero i te reo maori, i te wa i whanagai au oku tamariki...

Fenella - Central Hawkes Bay - i toku tipuranga kahore oku matua i korero i te reo maori, i te wa i whanagai au oku tamariki...

Toni - Whangārei - Reo Māori is the essence of who I am...

Toni - Whangārei - Reo Māori is the essence of who I am...

Kathryn - Tamaki Makaurau - Te Reo Māori is the language of Aotearoa...

Kathryn - Tamaki Makaurau - Te Reo Māori is the language of Aotearoa...

Katy - Feilding - Because Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori has made me into the person that I am today!...

Katy - Feilding - Because Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori has made me into the person that I am today!...

Francine - Winton - Ko ngā rangatahi te hauora o te reo!...

Francine - Winton - Ko ngā rangatahi te hauora o te reo!...

Shirley - Auckland - My daughter is in her first year of rumaki (in Year 7) and while I have some reo, I need...

Shirley - Auckland - My daughter is in her first year of rumaki (in Year 7) and while I have some reo, I need...

Karen - Te Aroha - To share a beautiful language and get people used to hearing it...

Karen - Te Aroha - To share a beautiful language and get people used to hearing it...

Cynthia - Tauranga - Being Maori, an not been able to speak or understand the Reo!...

Cynthia - Tauranga - Being Maori, an not been able to speak or understand the Reo!...

Kay - Tāmaki Makaurau - Nō Ingarangi ahau, e ono tekau mā iwa āku tau...

Kay - Tāmaki Makaurau - Nō Ingarangi ahau, e ono tekau mā iwa āku tau...

Anna - Christchurch - Accepting te reo Maori is Aotearoa's taonga...

Anna - Christchurch - Accepting te reo Maori is Aotearoa's taonga...

Marie - Auckland - Because it makes me feel grounded, connected, included...

Marie - Auckland - Because it makes me feel grounded, connected, included...

Jane - Otaki Beach - I am passionate about Te Reo language and love encouraging others in why it is so important...

Jane - Otaki Beach - I am passionate about Te Reo language and love encouraging others in why it is so important...

Ivan - Te Whanganui ā tara - Mō taku whānau, hapū, hāpori, iwi me aku tūpuna ...

Ivan - Te Whanganui ā tara - Mō taku whānau, hapū, hāpori, iwi me aku tūpuna ...

Shona - Whanganui - I'm in education and love showing the kids I work with that I'm a learner, together with them...

Shona - Whanganui - I'm in education and love showing the kids I work with that I'm a learner, together with them...

Margot - RD 10 Hastings - I think many people want to understand more and learn to speak ...

Margot - RD 10 Hastings - I think many people want to understand more and learn to speak ...

Jill - Kerikeri - I want to be more connected to taha Maori...

Jill - Kerikeri - I want to be more connected to taha Maori...

Haree - Tamaki Makaurau - To enhance my learning of te reo maori...

Haree - Tamaki Makaurau - To enhance my learning of te reo maori...

Jordan - Tāmaki - To connect with my tūpuna...

Jordan - Tāmaki - To connect with my tūpuna...

Sinsemillia - Auckland - Mālō,...

Sinsemillia - Auckland - Mālō,...

Kim - Nelson - As a recent returning kiwi (from living in europe), i feel a real urge to connect and expand my nz-ness...

Kim - Nelson - As a recent returning kiwi (from living in europe), i feel a real urge to connect and expand my nz-ness...

Tania - Tokoroa - My husband is Maori...

Tania - Tokoroa - My husband is Maori...

Kristen - Auckland - My son drives me and teaches me...

Kristen - Auckland - My son drives me and teaches me...

Rose - Auckland - I am on the reo journey...

Rose - Auckland - I am on the reo journey...

Christine - Napier - Because Te Reo is one of our official languages and I believe that everyone should be able to speak it,...

Christine - Napier - Because Te Reo is one of our official languages and I believe that everyone should be able to speak it,...

Gina - Auckland - I’m a language teacher - so I know how much culture is intertwined with language...

Gina - Auckland - I’m a language teacher - so I know how much culture is intertwined with language...

Raewyn - Auckland - I am a maori descendant and want to make our language heard!...

Raewyn - Auckland - I am a maori descendant and want to make our language heard!...

Leah - Groningen - I am Māori and grew up in Dunedin...

Leah - Groningen - I am Māori and grew up in Dunedin...

Paula - Wellington - I feel that Te reo should be a part of all New Zealander vocabulary!...

Paula - Wellington - I feel that Te reo should be a part of all New Zealander vocabulary!...

Tania - Christchurch - "For the past decade, I’ve been learning te reo Māori...

Tania - Christchurch - "For the past decade, I’ve been learning te reo Māori...

Sandra - Mont Eden - I come from Colombia...

Sandra - Mont Eden - I come from Colombia...

Tahi - Mount Albert - Because I must, Because I'd love to, because this is the country I live in and this is how I...

Tahi - Mount Albert - Because I must, Because I'd love to, because this is the country I live in and this is how I...

Angela - Stewart Island - I want My 14 year old Tai-Anahera and 3 year old Luka Rohi to have that connection to their Maori...

Angela - Stewart Island - I want My 14 year old Tai-Anahera and 3 year old Luka Rohi to have that connection to their Maori...

Lynne - Marton - I am pakeha kiwi...

Lynne - Marton - I am pakeha kiwi...

Mia - Whanganui - It is the language of Aotearoa...

Mia - Whanganui - It is the language of Aotearoa...

Alane Sue - Dargaville - It's important that Te Reo language grows and continues to thrive in Aotearoa and I want to support and be...

Alane Sue - Dargaville - It's important that Te Reo language grows and continues to thrive in Aotearoa and I want to support and be...

Lorraine - Wellington - I think the language and the whanau culture are rich in maintaining connection...

Lorraine - Wellington - I think the language and the whanau culture are rich in maintaining connection...

Luma - Auckland - I'm passionate about preserving the languages of indigenous cultures so I'm playing my part, paying homage to the indigenous culture...

Luma - Auckland - I'm passionate about preserving the languages of indigenous cultures so I'm playing my part, paying homage to the indigenous culture...

Kara - Te Whanganui ā Tara - Our reo, our culture, our identity...

Kara - Te Whanganui ā Tara - Our reo, our culture, our identity...

Margi - Palmerston North - Te reo enlarges my world as a Pākehā (: I yearn that it might enlarge more people's worlds...

Margi - Palmerston North - Te reo enlarges my world as a Pākehā (: I yearn that it might enlarge more people's worlds...

Nick - Ōtautahi - For my tamariki and me ...

Nick - Ōtautahi - For my tamariki and me ...

Alroy - Kirikiriroa - Ko te whakamaaoritanga o te whenua me ngoona orooro katoa e whakamaaori mai ai te ao o ngaku tamariki...

Alroy - Kirikiriroa - Ko te whakamaaoritanga o te whenua me ngoona orooro katoa e whakamaaori mai ai te ao o ngaku tamariki...

Jane - Ötautahi - Support and grow what we do at kindy...

Jane - Ötautahi - Support and grow what we do at kindy...

Desma - Auckland - To help foster a sense of pride in our community...

Desma - Auckland - To help foster a sense of pride in our community...

Joseph - Christchurch - I live in Wigram, Christchurch we need a Marae built here in Wigram!...

Joseph - Christchurch - I live in Wigram, Christchurch we need a Marae built here in Wigram!...

Bev - Masterton - I am trying to learn and teach Maori as much as possible in my classroom in order to become a...

Bev - Masterton - I am trying to learn and teach Maori as much as possible in my classroom in order to become a...

Tia - Tāmakimakaurau - Ko taku he aha ai? E hiahia ana au ki te reo o ō tātou tūpuna, whanake ai kia ora...

Tia - Tāmakimakaurau - Ko taku he aha ai? E hiahia ana au ki te reo o ō tātou tūpuna, whanake ai kia ora...

Taylor - Auckland - I believe that it is important for everyone in Aotearoa, Maori or not to understand the importance of speaking Te...

Taylor - Auckland - I believe that it is important for everyone in Aotearoa, Maori or not to understand the importance of speaking Te...

Janet - Tauranga - Big fan of the Māori culture, very similar to my Irish culture...

Janet - Tauranga - Big fan of the Māori culture, very similar to my Irish culture...

Deborah - Gisborne - To learn to pronounce place names etc correctly and read and understand as much as I can ...

Deborah - Gisborne - To learn to pronounce place names etc correctly and read and understand as much as I can ...

Nicky-Lee Honey Te - Dunedin - Mō taku irāmutu te take!...

Nicky-Lee Honey Te - Dunedin - Mō taku irāmutu te take!...

Keri - Tāmaki Makaurau - Ko te mea nui ki ahau, kia hakaoratia te reo Māori, ...

Keri - Tāmaki Makaurau - Ko te mea nui ki ahau, kia hakaoratia te reo Māori, ...

Juliette - Timaru - Te Reo Maori is important to me...

Juliette - Timaru - Te Reo Maori is important to me...

Anne - New Plymouth - Just want to grow my use of te reo and support others to do the same...

Anne - New Plymouth - Just want to grow my use of te reo and support others to do the same...

Anne - New Plymouth - Just want to grow my use of te reo and support others to do the same...

Anne - New Plymouth - Just want to grow my use of te reo and support others to do the same...

rachel - auckland - As a teacher in New Zealand I think it is really important for our future to have children interested and...

rachel - auckland - As a teacher in New Zealand I think it is really important for our future to have children interested and...

Eve - Tauranga - To truly find my identity as a Maori who was brought up the western way...

Eve - Tauranga - To truly find my identity as a Maori who was brought up the western way...

Oceay - Waitara - I don’t want our Reo to be lost...

Oceay - Waitara - I don’t want our Reo to be lost...

Lita - Taupo - I am of maori decent and would like to know my whakapapa and connect back to natural ways of life...

Lita - Taupo - I am of maori decent and would like to know my whakapapa and connect back to natural ways of life...

Anna - Ashburton - I believe te reo is important as apart of kiwi culture and i am proud to be a kiwi learning...

Anna - Ashburton - I believe te reo is important as apart of kiwi culture and i am proud to be a kiwi learning...

Nicola - Rotorua - For me, learning Te Reo is a door into a part of Aeotearoa that has always been opening, but I...

Nicola - Rotorua - For me, learning Te Reo is a door into a part of Aeotearoa that has always been opening, but I...

Amelia - Kaikoura - For my work colleagues to be able to confidently recite their pepeha and have an understanding of Te Reo Māori...

Amelia - Kaikoura - For my work colleagues to be able to confidently recite their pepeha and have an understanding of Te Reo Māori...

Claire - Auckland - Learning shows respect for my adopted home ...

Claire - Auckland - Learning shows respect for my adopted home ...

Julie - Christchurch - I believe that all people who live in Aotearoa should be able to speak some te reo Māori...

Julie - Christchurch - I believe that all people who live in Aotearoa should be able to speak some te reo Māori...

Krystal - Rangiora -

Connecting with my tipuna through learning reo as a rangatahi saved me...

Krystal - Rangiora -

Connecting with my tipuna through learning reo as a rangatahi saved me...

Sue - Christchurch - As a New Zealander I want to be able to korero with more confidence when talking with the staff...

Sue - Christchurch - As a New Zealander I want to be able to korero with more confidence when talking with the staff...

Jacinda - Wellington - Te Reo makes Aotearoa a better place as we all strive to speak more then our youth and children see...

Jacinda - Wellington - Te Reo makes Aotearoa a better place as we all strive to speak more then our youth and children see...

Robyn - Auckland - To understand and learn more about our Maori culture and support the resurgence of te reo Maori ...

Robyn - Auckland - To understand and learn more about our Maori culture and support the resurgence of te reo Maori ...

Julie - Wellington - Why would anyone not want to speak Te Reo? It’s our language that makes Aotearoa special!...

Julie - Wellington - Why would anyone not want to speak Te Reo? It’s our language that makes Aotearoa special!...

Monique - Dipton - Whānau...

Monique - Dipton - Whānau...

Katrina - Tauranga - I want to celebrate te reo as a taonga that is unique to Aotearoa New Zealand and all New Zealanders...

Katrina - Tauranga - I want to celebrate te reo as a taonga that is unique to Aotearoa New Zealand and all New Zealanders...

Vicki - Tauranga - I am pakeha new zealander currently learning te reo Māori in order to better participate with my fellow new zealanders...

Vicki - Tauranga - I am pakeha new zealander currently learning te reo Māori in order to better participate with my fellow new zealanders...

Pani - Taupo - So that i can share our beautiful language with all my mokopuna...

Pani - Taupo - So that i can share our beautiful language with all my mokopuna...

Yorana - Palmerston North - Hoping for a more diverse future for our tamariki and have Te Reo as an option to learn in all...

Yorana - Palmerston North - Hoping for a more diverse future for our tamariki and have Te Reo as an option to learn in all...

Feofanaki - Auckland - I think it's significant and respectful to recognise Te Reo Maori in equal partnership with the rest of Aotearoa...

Feofanaki - Auckland - I think it's significant and respectful to recognise Te Reo Maori in equal partnership with the rest of Aotearoa...

Fanella - Taranaki - All about our tupuna whanau awhi tautoko & enjoy life...

Fanella - Taranaki - All about our tupuna whanau awhi tautoko & enjoy life...

Mary - Auckland - My hope is that Te reo Māori will flourish ...

Mary - Auckland - My hope is that Te reo Māori will flourish ...

Arlea - Auckland - It’s my responsibility to keep my whakapapa alive ❤️...

Arlea - Auckland - It’s my responsibility to keep my whakapapa alive ❤️...

Hine - Cape Runaway - To be able to korero maori with my whanau...

Hine - Cape Runaway - To be able to korero maori with my whanau...

Ripeka - Melbourne - My mum and dad are Maori...

Ripeka - Melbourne - My mum and dad are Maori...

Sharnaiya-Rae - Whangarei - I believe everyone in Aotearoa, pakeha or Māori, should learn and know te reo māori before learning English...

Sharnaiya-Rae - Whangarei - I believe everyone in Aotearoa, pakeha or Māori, should learn and know te reo māori before learning English...

Victoria - Rotorua - Just thought I'd give it a go...

Victoria - Rotorua - Just thought I'd give it a go...

Aimee - Perth - We have moved to Perth and our babies (4yrs & 2yrs) were born here, i want to pass down our...

Aimee - Perth - We have moved to Perth and our babies (4yrs & 2yrs) were born here, i want to pass down our...

Ngawahine - Christchurch - My younger siblings...

Ngawahine - Christchurch - My younger siblings...

Megan - Waiwera - It’s important for us the keep Te Reo alive...

Megan - Waiwera - It’s important for us the keep Te Reo alive...

Millie - Auckland - Don't know how to up load...

Millie - Auckland - Don't know how to up load...

Ange - Ohinewai - It is part of who I am, it is part of who we are...

Ange - Ohinewai - It is part of who I am, it is part of who we are...

Janetta - Palmerston North - I am a Scot living in NZ and love the Te reo indigenous language of Aotearoa studied one year but...

Janetta - Palmerston North - I am a Scot living in NZ and love the Te reo indigenous language of Aotearoa studied one year but...

Debbie - Kawerau - Im a 54year old ngapuhi descendant, who never learnt to speak the Reo...

Debbie - Kawerau - Im a 54year old ngapuhi descendant, who never learnt to speak the Reo...

Kaz - Waiwera South - Because I love Te Reo o maori...

Kaz - Waiwera South - Because I love Te Reo o maori...

Jan - Rd3 Featherston - Every New Zealander should be able to korero te reo Maori...

Jan - Rd3 Featherston - Every New Zealander should be able to korero te reo Maori...

Deb - Levin - The positivity of the way Rawinia Higgins described being involved...

Deb - Levin - The positivity of the way Rawinia Higgins described being involved...

Stephen - Central - To support the renaissance of Te Reo in Aotearoa and to develop the awareness of Te Reo and Maori values...

Stephen - Central - To support the renaissance of Te Reo in Aotearoa and to develop the awareness of Te Reo and Maori values...

Janet - Wellington - I really want to learn and speak te reo Maori...

Janet - Wellington - I really want to learn and speak te reo Maori...