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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Kisziah - christchurch - to show people what it means and how to say it...

Kisziah - christchurch - to show people what it means and how to say it...

karen - whangarei - I am a hospital play specialist in Whangarei Hospital , I would like to challenge myself to include a lot...

karen - whangarei - I am a hospital play specialist in Whangarei Hospital , I would like to challenge myself to include a lot...

Fiona - Christchurch - We are privileged to be living in a multicultural society and I’d like to honour that by learning to speak...

Fiona - Christchurch - We are privileged to be living in a multicultural society and I’d like to honour that by learning to speak...

Sue - Auckland - Te Reo is our taonga as a country...

Sue - Auckland - Te Reo is our taonga as a country...

Emma - Auckland - My husband is part Maori but unfortunately doesn’t have a lot to do with his heritage which as of recent...

Emma - Auckland - My husband is part Maori but unfortunately doesn’t have a lot to do with his heritage which as of recent...

Priyanka - Tāmaki Makaurau - Honour the Treaty and respect Indigenous peoples, land, history and culture...

Priyanka - Tāmaki Makaurau - Honour the Treaty and respect Indigenous peoples, land, history and culture...

Rachel - Amberley - Te Reo is beautiful, it's an official language of our country - we should all speak it!...

Rachel - Amberley - Te Reo is beautiful, it's an official language of our country - we should all speak it!...

Nimita - Wellington - Maori represents a rich heritage of New Zealand, and as someone who is new to this country and going to...

Nimita - Wellington - Maori represents a rich heritage of New Zealand, and as someone who is new to this country and going to...

James - Hastings - I’m a pakeha psychiatrist...

James - Hastings - I’m a pakeha psychiatrist...

Rebecca - Auckland - To honour my tipuna wahine...

Rebecca - Auckland - To honour my tipuna wahine...

Mt Roskill Primary School - Auckland - We have a school kaiarahi who has developed over the past six years a programme of learning of Te Reo...

Mt Roskill Primary School - Auckland - We have a school kaiarahi who has developed over the past six years a programme of learning of Te Reo...

Jaina - Pāpāmoa - Its my whakapapa...

Jaina - Pāpāmoa - Its my whakapapa...

Craig - Whakatū - I am on my reo Māori journey and one of the main things i have learnt in the last 10...

Craig - Whakatū - I am on my reo Māori journey and one of the main things i have learnt in the last 10...

Patricia - Tokoroa - I was born in 1959...

Patricia - Tokoroa - I was born in 1959...

geoff - christchurch - Ka puta mai te kakano i ruia mai ngā rangiatea...

geoff - christchurch - Ka puta mai te kakano i ruia mai ngā rangiatea...

Win - Coromandel - I think it’s important the indigenous language and culture of our country are honoured and respected...

Win - Coromandel - I think it’s important the indigenous language and culture of our country are honoured and respected...

Daria - Tāmaki Makaurau - I've learned a couple of non-English languages, but haven't made a similar effort to learn te reo...

Daria - Tāmaki Makaurau - I've learned a couple of non-English languages, but haven't made a similar effort to learn te reo...

Jasmyn - Kaiapoi - Because Te reo Māori is beautiful and should be a language learnt, celebrated, loved and normalised as an everyday language...

Jasmyn - Kaiapoi - Because Te reo Māori is beautiful and should be a language learnt, celebrated, loved and normalised as an everyday language...

Nicky - Feilding - Being a pakeha New Zealander it is important for me to have some ability to speak some te reo to...

Nicky - Feilding - Being a pakeha New Zealander it is important for me to have some ability to speak some te reo to...

Caitlin - Auckland - There is no reason not to...

Caitlin - Auckland - There is no reason not to...

Miria - Auckland - I started Te Reo class in March, Level 1 and 2 at our local Te Wananga O Aotearoa...

Miria - Auckland - I started Te Reo class in March, Level 1 and 2 at our local Te Wananga O Aotearoa...

Carol - Wellington - Ko Te reo Maori Te reo rangatira ...

Carol - Wellington - Ko Te reo Maori Te reo rangatira ...

Pete - Te Papeioia - I am learning Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori so that I can immerse my children...

Pete - Te Papeioia - I am learning Te Reo Māori and Te Ao Māori so that I can immerse my children...

Cora - Kirikiriroa - What is driving me to take part is that I work for a kaupapa Māori organisation however a lot of...

Cora - Kirikiriroa - What is driving me to take part is that I work for a kaupapa Māori organisation however a lot of...

Fifi - Christchurch - Because it is the language of this land...

Fifi - Christchurch - Because it is the language of this land...

Alfred - Tauranga - It's about time I did, I'm 53years old, would love to stand on my the paepae and whaikorero back home...

Alfred - Tauranga - It's about time I did, I'm 53years old, would love to stand on my the paepae and whaikorero back home...

Jocelyn - Makomako - I am māori and very proud to be...

Jocelyn - Makomako - I am māori and very proud to be...

Brittany - Wellington - My why is my whakapapa...

Brittany - Wellington - My why is my whakapapa...

Amber - Porirua - I love our Reo - it's a Taonga tuku iho...

Amber - Porirua - I love our Reo - it's a Taonga tuku iho...

Sharna - hastings - to help my kids learn their culture amd language ...

Sharna - hastings - to help my kids learn their culture amd language ...

Steve - Tamaki Makaurau - I missed out learning Te Reo growing up and I don’t want my kids and grandkids to miss out...

Steve - Tamaki Makaurau - I missed out learning Te Reo growing up and I don’t want my kids and grandkids to miss out...

Katie - Wellington - I want to connect better with people and learn a new perspective ...

Katie - Wellington - I want to connect better with people and learn a new perspective ...

Naomi - Kawerau - He Maaori au...

Naomi - Kawerau - He Maaori au...

Jasmin - Whakatū - Kia kore ai e ngaro te reo rangatira...

Jasmin - Whakatū - Kia kore ai e ngaro te reo rangatira...

Arwen - Tāmaki Makaurau - What is my why? I am doing this to celebrate and embrace the language of my culture...

Arwen - Tāmaki Makaurau - What is my why? I am doing this to celebrate and embrace the language of my culture...

karley - tokoroa nz - I am moari and proud...

karley - tokoroa nz - I am moari and proud...

Deb - Waikanae - It is time we showed more respect to out tangata whenua - it may start to heal a little of...

Deb - Waikanae - It is time we showed more respect to out tangata whenua - it may start to heal a little of...

Marienne - Auckland - I am taking part as I love being Maori and feel kiwis should embrace there heritage...

Marienne - Auckland - I am taking part as I love being Maori and feel kiwis should embrace there heritage...

Kat - Auckland - I am so eager to learn Te reo !...

Kat - Auckland - I am so eager to learn Te reo !...

Victoria - Dunedin - Kia ora te reo hai reo tuku iho, mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei...

Victoria - Dunedin - Kia ora te reo hai reo tuku iho, mō tātou ā mō kā uri ā muri ake nei...

Sasha - Te Kuiti - I am proud to be from Aotearoa and want to learn to speak Te Reo...

Sasha - Te Kuiti - I am proud to be from Aotearoa and want to learn to speak Te Reo...

Lana - Shepparton Te-pāpaka-a mauri - I've been on my journey for a few years now, struggling as I'm older and can't retain things as good...

Lana - Shepparton Te-pāpaka-a mauri - I've been on my journey for a few years now, struggling as I'm older and can't retain things as good...

Siu - Ōtautahi - I just want to do anything I can to normalise the use of te reo Māori here in Aotearoa <3...

Siu - Ōtautahi - I just want to do anything I can to normalise the use of te reo Māori here in Aotearoa <3...

Kylie - Auckland - Tamariki , kohanga , also finding whoni am not only as a Maori but history that back tracks to our...

Kylie - Auckland - Tamariki , kohanga , also finding whoni am not only as a Maori but history that back tracks to our...

Pip - raglan - its our language...

Pip - raglan - its our language...

Maureen - Turangi - We are a maori land trust who has weekly tumai hui with karakia, korero mo te wiki, waiata...

Maureen - Turangi - We are a maori land trust who has weekly tumai hui with karakia, korero mo te wiki, waiata...

Sherryl - Taupo - I am a teacher and feel it is important to honour the Treaty of Waitangi in any way I can...

Sherryl - Taupo - I am a teacher and feel it is important to honour the Treaty of Waitangi in any way I can...

andrea - auckland - I am Pakeha and believe that we should all be able to speak the reo (even if it is just...

andrea - auckland - I am Pakeha and believe that we should all be able to speak the reo (even if it is just...

Kathy - Lower Hutt - Because it is important, our countries first language is something to cherish and celebrate...

Kathy - Lower Hutt - Because it is important, our countries first language is something to cherish and celebrate...

Nikita - Auckland - Ko Reo Māori tõku tuakiritanga!...

Nikita - Auckland - Ko Reo Māori tõku tuakiritanga!...

Karla - Tokomaru Bay - Normalise Te Reo Maori in our kura...

Karla - Tokomaru Bay - Normalise Te Reo Maori in our kura...

Karla - Tokomaru Bay - Normalise Te Reo Maori in our kura...

Karla - Tokomaru Bay - Normalise Te Reo Maori in our kura...

Zoe - Wellington - I want to get to know more of the culture of the country I’m living in right now and possibly...

Zoe - Wellington - I want to get to know more of the culture of the country I’m living in right now and possibly...

Patsy - Nelson - I am learning Te Reo Māori and want to keep practicing...

Patsy - Nelson - I am learning Te Reo Māori and want to keep practicing...

Niki - Wellington - My children’s ancestors are Maori and unfortunately the culture and language for previous generations has not been cherished and encouraged...

Niki - Wellington - My children’s ancestors are Maori and unfortunately the culture and language for previous generations has not been cherished and encouraged...

Mark - Timaru - I want to be relevant and increase my understanding of mātauranga Māori and Te Tiriti and use of te reo...

Mark - Timaru - I want to be relevant and increase my understanding of mātauranga Māori and Te Tiriti and use of te reo...

Andrew - Porirua - To grow my use of Te reo...

Andrew - Porirua - To grow my use of Te reo...

Rachel - Whanganui-a-Tara - Because Te Reo Māori is a taonga that I want to use and promote...

Rachel - Whanganui-a-Tara - Because Te Reo Māori is a taonga that I want to use and promote...

Margaret - Upper Hutt - You as me Why, I ask you Why Not? Every language is a whole new world, a whole new way...

Margaret - Upper Hutt - You as me Why, I ask you Why Not? Every language is a whole new world, a whole new way...

Nyssa - Pātoka, Napier - I'm just excited to be a part of this reolution that's happening and excited for the future of te reo...

Nyssa - Pātoka, Napier - I'm just excited to be a part of this reolution that's happening and excited for the future of te reo...

Stephen - Kaitaia - Ko tōku hiahia kia kite tōku taha Māori...

Stephen - Kaitaia - Ko tōku hiahia kia kite tōku taha Māori...

Teremoana - Auckland - I want my family to remember who they are and why our language can be a everyday need for us...

Teremoana - Auckland - I want my family to remember who they are and why our language can be a everyday need for us...

Lisa - Tokoroa - I have just finished a tikanga level 3 paper and I am enjoying sharing what I have learnt with my...

Lisa - Tokoroa - I have just finished a tikanga level 3 paper and I am enjoying sharing what I have learnt with my...

Camilla - Auckland - I have been wanting to learn te reo for ages and started to study it with my husband during the...

Camilla - Auckland - I have been wanting to learn te reo for ages and started to study it with my husband during the...

Kavneet - Auckland - Why- I am here for the culture- Proud of my history and now being an early childhood educator really want...

Kavneet - Auckland - Why- I am here for the culture- Proud of my history and now being an early childhood educator really want...

Te Aka - Whangarei - I am Maori and my reo is a part of me that is missing ...

Te Aka - Whangarei - I am Maori and my reo is a part of me that is missing ...

Jistine - Papaioea - Kia whangaia i te reo rangatira ki nga mokopuna kei roto i te kura köhungahunga pākeha...

Jistine - Papaioea - Kia whangaia i te reo rangatira ki nga mokopuna kei roto i te kura köhungahunga pākeha...

Lisa - Wellington - To bring to life the essence of our amazing bi-national country!...

Lisa - Wellington - To bring to life the essence of our amazing bi-national country!...

Anne - Darfield - To encourage others to use te Reo and make it a natural way of greeting people ...

Anne - Darfield - To encourage others to use te Reo and make it a natural way of greeting people ...

Emma - Waimana - To promote Māori language, make it more mainstream and integrate it into our daily conversations and lives...

Emma - Waimana - To promote Māori language, make it more mainstream and integrate it into our daily conversations and lives...

Josie - Hawera - For myself mostly however for my Whànau and future generations...

Josie - Hawera - For myself mostly however for my Whànau and future generations...

Melanie - Nelson - To ensure we keep current and practice our Reo in order that it become second nature in our lives -...

Melanie - Nelson - To ensure we keep current and practice our Reo in order that it become second nature in our lives -...

Michael - Kaitaia - Because I understand the importance of Te reo in keeping our culture alive and want to support this movement (in...

Michael - Kaitaia - Because I understand the importance of Te reo in keeping our culture alive and want to support this movement (in...

Holly - Taihape - My why is my tamariki, for us to learn together ❤ ...

Holly - Taihape - My why is my tamariki, for us to learn together ❤ ...

Aleisha - Christchurch - It is an important part of this country's heritage and culture, I need and want to grow my understanding and...

Aleisha - Christchurch - It is an important part of this country's heritage and culture, I need and want to grow my understanding and...

Grace - Christchurch - I've always wanted to learn - I think it's a beautiful language built from rich culture...

Grace - Christchurch - I've always wanted to learn - I think it's a beautiful language built from rich culture...

Lois - Auckland - On my first visit to a Marae in 1984 the Karanga resonated into my soul and I knew that if...

Lois - Auckland - On my first visit to a Marae in 1984 the Karanga resonated into my soul and I knew that if...

Sarah - Parawai - Desire to speak my grandad parents language got squashed out of my mother an not passed on to me ,...

Sarah - Parawai - Desire to speak my grandad parents language got squashed out of my mother an not passed on to me ,...

Jason - Lower hutt - It's an awesome language and I wish there were more speakers and use of the language so I could practice...

Jason - Lower hutt - It's an awesome language and I wish there were more speakers and use of the language so I could practice...

Cindy - Nelson - I am Maori and proud of our beautiful language...

Cindy - Nelson - I am Maori and proud of our beautiful language...

Heather - Dunedin - I am a proud kiwi and want to be part of the drive to whakamāori te Reo Māori...

Heather - Dunedin - I am a proud kiwi and want to be part of the drive to whakamāori te Reo Māori...

Janine - Lower Hutt - Doing it for my husband and my kids and to carry on my mother in law miriamas language and I...

Janine - Lower Hutt - Doing it for my husband and my kids and to carry on my mother in law miriamas language and I...

Barry - Picton - I am currently doing a course of study in Te Reo level 4...

Barry - Picton - I am currently doing a course of study in Te Reo level 4...

Todd - Carterton - I'm really keen to learn more te reo...

Todd - Carterton - I'm really keen to learn more te reo...

Analee - Dunedin - I want to learn the language my ancestors and kaumātua speak, and connect with who I am as a Māori...

Analee - Dunedin - I want to learn the language my ancestors and kaumātua speak, and connect with who I am as a Māori...

claudine - morayfield - I want to learn more and encourage others not to be whakama!...

claudine - morayfield - I want to learn more and encourage others not to be whakama!...

claudine - morayfield - I want to learn more and encourage others not to be whakama!...

claudine - morayfield - I want to learn more and encourage others not to be whakama!...

Dawn - Upper Hutt - I am taking part because Te Reo Māori is my first language and I was not fortunate enough to be...

Dawn - Upper Hutt - I am taking part because Te Reo Māori is my first language and I was not fortunate enough to be...

Doubtless Bay - Taipa - Because we should, no ifs or buts, its the right thing to do!...

Doubtless Bay - Taipa - Because we should, no ifs or buts, its the right thing to do!...

Rachel - Paraparaumu - It is the language of here, this place, this whenua, it must be celebrated and given the mana it should...

Rachel - Paraparaumu - It is the language of here, this place, this whenua, it must be celebrated and given the mana it should...

Maika - Rangiuru - Ko te reo kia māori (pū iti), arā kia tangata whenua te reo nei ki tōna tūrangawaewae kei noho hei...

Maika - Rangiuru - Ko te reo kia māori (pū iti), arā kia tangata whenua te reo nei ki tōna tūrangawaewae kei noho hei...

Murray - Auckland - Mo te wā o te ao ā mua...

Murray - Auckland - Mo te wā o te ao ā mua...

Kathy - Auckland -

Kia ora, Ko te reo Māori te reo o tēnei motu me ōku tīpuna...

Kathy - Auckland -

Kia ora, Ko te reo Māori te reo o tēnei motu me ōku tīpuna...

Trina - Auckland - I'm proud of my heritage and want my tamariki to grow up being proud of it too...

Trina - Auckland - I'm proud of my heritage and want my tamariki to grow up being proud of it too...

Diana - Napier - I am learning Te Reo at TWOA, and want to stand up and join in!...

Diana - Napier - I am learning Te Reo at TWOA, and want to stand up and join in!...

Stella - Auckland - I am honoured to be part of this country as tangata whenua and though learning the language will gladly participate...

Stella - Auckland - I am honoured to be part of this country as tangata whenua and though learning the language will gladly participate...

Patrick - Hastings - New Zealand’s language...

Patrick - Hastings - New Zealand’s language...

Leah - Kirikiriroa - Te reo Maaori is part of our culture and heritage in Aotearoa and it is the responsibility and privilege of...

Leah - Kirikiriroa - Te reo Maaori is part of our culture and heritage in Aotearoa and it is the responsibility and privilege of...

Elshke - Christchurch - As part of my teaching journey I have developed a passion for the language (Te Reo Māori), I feel I...

Elshke - Christchurch - As part of my teaching journey I have developed a passion for the language (Te Reo Māori), I feel I...

Annaliese - Auckland - I’ve always loved reo Māori...

Annaliese - Auckland - I’ve always loved reo Māori...