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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Jovarn - Whangarei - Keen to learn and want to be able to speak ...

Jovarn - Whangarei - Keen to learn and want to be able to speak ...

Cornelia - Upper Moutere - NZ is bicultural...

Cornelia - Upper Moutere - NZ is bicultural...

Wan Md Zahuri - Masterton - Proud of te reo Māori...

Wan Md Zahuri - Masterton - Proud of te reo Māori...

Richard - Auckland - Maori Signs Concepts resources for books, video, posters and sign language...

Richard - Auckland - Maori Signs Concepts resources for books, video, posters and sign language...

Lynley - Tauranga - I learning more about my Maori heritage, and it something I feel passionately about...

Lynley - Tauranga - I learning more about my Maori heritage, and it something I feel passionately about...

Sheree - Wellington - The idea of a māori speaking Aotearoa is what drives me to not only learn Te Reo but to encourage...

Sheree - Wellington - The idea of a māori speaking Aotearoa is what drives me to not only learn Te Reo but to encourage...

Lynette - Matamata - My tupuna were Maori, French and English...

Lynette - Matamata - My tupuna were Maori, French and English...

Mahurangi - Warkworth, Auckland - We believe that it is important to keep the Maori language alive by using it daily at what ever level...

Mahurangi - Warkworth, Auckland - We believe that it is important to keep the Maori language alive by using it daily at what ever level...

Kerri - Wellington - Every NZer should be bilingual!...

Kerri - Wellington - Every NZer should be bilingual!...

Erena - Masterton - I need to be a more confident and competent speaker of Te Reo Maori...

Erena - Masterton - I need to be a more confident and competent speaker of Te Reo Maori...

Erena - Masterton - I need to be a more confident and competent speaker of Te Reo Maori...

Erena - Masterton - I need to be a more confident and competent speaker of Te Reo Maori...

Lorraine - Palmerston North - Committed as kaiako/teachers to continue our learning and extend our own knowledge in order for our tamariki to grow and...

Lorraine - Palmerston North - Committed as kaiako/teachers to continue our learning and extend our own knowledge in order for our tamariki to grow and...

Dene - Nelson - My why...

Dene - Nelson - My why...

Barbara - Wellington - Whakanau ia I Te reo...

Barbara - Wellington - Whakanau ia I Te reo...

Leah - Hamilton - He wero, he hiahia nōku 'kia Māori te motu nei'...

Leah - Hamilton - He wero, he hiahia nōku 'kia Māori te motu nei'...

Tanya - whangarei - Ko te reo mauri o te mana mauri, ko toku reo toku ohooho ko toku reo taku mana motuhake...

Tanya - whangarei - Ko te reo mauri o te mana mauri, ko toku reo toku ohooho ko toku reo taku mana motuhake...

Cade - Christchurch - Because the future generation have the right to be taught a language that is native to the country they live...

Cade - Christchurch - Because the future generation have the right to be taught a language that is native to the country they live...

Di - Kerikeri - I’m loving learning te reo, the history and stories, the tikanga, the principles and values underlying everything in Te Ao...

Di - Kerikeri - I’m loving learning te reo, the history and stories, the tikanga, the principles and values underlying everything in Te Ao...

Justin - Christchurch - I want to learn to speak this beautiful language...

Justin - Christchurch - I want to learn to speak this beautiful language...

Gina - Paraparaumu - My grandfather was a native speaker but did not raise my mother or her siblings in te reo, like many...

Gina - Paraparaumu - My grandfather was a native speaker but did not raise my mother or her siblings in te reo, like many...

John - Tamaki Makaurau - I am a founding exec member of Te Reo Māori Soc VUW In 1970...

John - Tamaki Makaurau - I am a founding exec member of Te Reo Māori Soc VUW In 1970...

Pania - Auckland - I have been on a stop start journey of learning/speaking Te Reo Māori for many years...

Pania - Auckland - I have been on a stop start journey of learning/speaking Te Reo Māori for many years...

Rebecca - auckland - He ataahua te reo māori...

Rebecca - auckland - He ataahua te reo māori...

Molly - Manukau - Kia kitea, kia mahia kia maia ngā tamariki ki te korero, ki te whakaro Māori...

Molly - Manukau - Kia kitea, kia mahia kia maia ngā tamariki ki te korero, ki te whakaro Māori...

Raina - Porangahau - Our reo is OURS if we don't own it who will? Others will...

Raina - Porangahau - Our reo is OURS if we don't own it who will? Others will...

Teresa - Rotorua - my class would enjoy celebrating te reo wiki this way...

Teresa - Rotorua - my class would enjoy celebrating te reo wiki this way...

Merle - Lower Hutt - Mahi ki te kohanga reo...

Merle - Lower Hutt - Mahi ki te kohanga reo...

Marsha - Auckland - My why is my daughter Ruby...

Marsha - Auckland - My why is my daughter Ruby...

Andria - Auckland - Nā te mea, ko te reo Māori tō tātou reo rangatira, te reo tūturu me te reo tuatahi o Aotearoa...

Andria - Auckland - Nā te mea, ko te reo Māori tō tātou reo rangatira, te reo tūturu me te reo tuatahi o Aotearoa...

Joe - Dunedin - nā te mea ko te reo tuatahi o tō tātou whenua he tino reo rangatira...

Joe - Dunedin - nā te mea ko te reo tuatahi o tō tātou whenua he tino reo rangatira...

Rise UP Academy - Auckland - Rise UP Academy wants to be part of the celebrations of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2020, to honour,...

Rise UP Academy - Auckland - Rise UP Academy wants to be part of the celebrations of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2020, to honour,...

Juliet - Auckland - I am committed to improving my te reo, the first language of our land...

Juliet - Auckland - I am committed to improving my te reo, the first language of our land...

Nicolette - Christchurch - At primary school, I loved learning the action songs!...

Nicolette - Christchurch - At primary school, I loved learning the action songs!...

Jacinta - Christchurch - Passionate about Matauranga and whānau partnerships ...

Jacinta - Christchurch - Passionate about Matauranga and whānau partnerships ...

Burns Whānau - Westland - timely in all ways ...

Burns Whānau - Westland - timely in all ways ...

Tejo - Auckland - Ka pai tenei kaupapa...

Tejo - Auckland - Ka pai tenei kaupapa...

RaeRae - Far north - Kore au e hiahia ki te ngaro aku reo...

RaeRae - Far north - Kore au e hiahia ki te ngaro aku reo...

Haruru - Tamaki Makaurau - It is a language that we need to cherish...

Haruru - Tamaki Makaurau - It is a language that we need to cherish...

Char - Lower Hutt - I shared the link with email to my classmates of Hauora Tangata Foundations of Māori Health...

Char - Lower Hutt - I shared the link with email to my classmates of Hauora Tangata Foundations of Māori Health...

Janie - Maketu - Because I am pakeha and work in a pakeha organisation...

Janie - Maketu - Because I am pakeha and work in a pakeha organisation...

Robyn - Paihia - I have been doing Te Ataarangi and as an European kiwi love the Maori culture ...

Robyn - Paihia - I have been doing Te Ataarangi and as an European kiwi love the Maori culture ...

Marie - Hastings - For my children (could only access one photo on my hard drive) but I want to be a better role...

Marie - Hastings - For my children (could only access one photo on my hard drive) but I want to be a better role...

Suzanne - Wellington - Maori language is an integral part of New Zealand society...

Suzanne - Wellington - Maori language is an integral part of New Zealand society...

shayne - Putaruru -

What drives me to take part is the fact they say our language is dying, and I don't ever want...

shayne - Putaruru -

What drives me to take part is the fact they say our language is dying, and I don't ever want...

Kiri - Wellington - There are many reasons including I’ve been bought up with te reo and tikanga, I teach te reo and tikanga...

Kiri - Wellington - There are many reasons including I’ve been bought up with te reo and tikanga, I teach te reo and tikanga...

Michelle - Dunedin - Whānau ...

Michelle - Dunedin - Whānau ...

Anna - Levin - My grandfather was maori and spoke fluent Te reo he was the only member of our family that spoke Te...

Anna - Levin - My grandfather was maori and spoke fluent Te reo he was the only member of our family that spoke Te...

Verity - Auckland - Kia kaha Te Reo Māori!...

Verity - Auckland - Kia kaha Te Reo Māori!...

Shane - Kirikiriroa/Hamilton - We are a tikanga based programme and i love to learn more ...

Shane - Kirikiriroa/Hamilton - We are a tikanga based programme and i love to learn more ...

mo - Auckland - I am learning Te Reo alongside the students - love it!...

mo - Auckland - I am learning Te Reo alongside the students - love it!...

Marina - Ngāmotu - It’s a opportunity to be more conscious of speaking and listening to te reo by making a Day of it...

Marina - Ngāmotu - It’s a opportunity to be more conscious of speaking and listening to te reo by making a Day of it...

Maureen - Wellington - Te reo Māori is similar to my mother tongue, Māori Kūki ‘Āirani...

Maureen - Wellington - Te reo Māori is similar to my mother tongue, Māori Kūki ‘Āirani...

Sonia - Rotorua - My why - āku Tamariki...

Sonia - Rotorua - My why - āku Tamariki...

Renee - Auckland - Because it’s cool to kōrero!...

Renee - Auckland - Because it’s cool to kōrero!...

Pacific Advance Secondary School - Otahuhu - This is our first year in learning Te Reo and we want to take it next level!...

Pacific Advance Secondary School - Otahuhu - This is our first year in learning Te Reo and we want to take it next level!...

Helen Herena - Tokomaru Bay - Kia pakari tōku nei reo - kia whakaora anō te reo kei rō whare...

Helen Herena - Tokomaru Bay - Kia pakari tōku nei reo - kia whakaora anō te reo kei rō whare...

Sue - Auckland - It's a key part of our nz culture and history and as a teacher I need to lead our next...

Sue - Auckland - It's a key part of our nz culture and history and as a teacher I need to lead our next...

Amanda - Auckland - I think it’s important to keep our culture alive and nourished...

Amanda - Auckland - I think it’s important to keep our culture alive and nourished...

Kylie - Tauranga - To keep our language alive...

Kylie - Tauranga - To keep our language alive...

Rachel - Online - There is a huge need in our schools to provide opportunities to learn te reo Māori...

Rachel - Online - There is a huge need in our schools to provide opportunities to learn te reo Māori...

Christine - Carterton - I am a recent immigrant to NZ from the US...

Christine - Carterton - I am a recent immigrant to NZ from the US...

Sujatha - Auckland - As a New Zealander,I am very proud of te reo Maaori,and I want to learn it...

Sujatha - Auckland - As a New Zealander,I am very proud of te reo Maaori,and I want to learn it...

rob - lower hutt - I am currently a Tauira with Te Wanaga o Aotearoa so am encouraged to use Te Reo in all my...

rob - lower hutt - I am currently a Tauira with Te Wanaga o Aotearoa so am encouraged to use Te Reo in all my...

Rhys - Melbourne - I live in Australia...

Rhys - Melbourne - I live in Australia...

Joseph - Tauranga - I get too whakamā at work, in class and even greeting people on my morning walks...

Joseph - Tauranga - I get too whakamā at work, in class and even greeting people on my morning walks...

Cindy - Carterton - I have a natural attraction to tangata whenua and their ways of being...

Cindy - Carterton - I have a natural attraction to tangata whenua and their ways of being...

Sarah - Bournemouth - Being an aspiring student in languages documentation, and with my partner being an essential worker in application to transfer to...

Sarah - Bournemouth - Being an aspiring student in languages documentation, and with my partner being an essential worker in application to transfer to...

Naoe - Auckland - We should know who we are, what New Zealand is made of...

Naoe - Auckland - We should know who we are, what New Zealand is made of...

Rose - waimamaku - I want to see Maori language rise and thrive in Aotearoa!...

Rose - waimamaku - I want to see Maori language rise and thrive in Aotearoa!...

Vicki - Levin - Whanau, whanau whanau ma Te katoa ...

Vicki - Levin - Whanau, whanau whanau ma Te katoa ...

Kataraina - Auckland - I am maori and I want to learn te reo...

Kataraina - Auckland - I am maori and I want to learn te reo...

liz - New Plymouth - Because language is one of the cornerstones of culture - because learning languages gives your mind another set of images...

liz - New Plymouth - Because language is one of the cornerstones of culture - because learning languages gives your mind another set of images...

Lee-Ann - Auckland - He aha ai? Nā te tino hiakai o āku ākonga ki te ako i te reo me ōna tikanga te...

Lee-Ann - Auckland - He aha ai? Nā te tino hiakai o āku ākonga ki te ako i te reo me ōna tikanga te...

Krystel - Nelson - I'm taking part because Te reo Maori is a beautiful language that is unique and special to Aotearoa, and I...

Krystel - Nelson - I'm taking part because Te reo Maori is a beautiful language that is unique and special to Aotearoa, and I...

Becky -

Te ao Māori gives New Zealand its unique character...

Becky -

Te ao Māori gives New Zealand its unique character...

Kirsty - TamakiMakaurau -

I want to understand more of what I hear, and pass on to my mokopuna...

Kirsty - TamakiMakaurau -

I want to understand more of what I hear, and pass on to my mokopuna...

Alana - Nelson -

I’d like to learn more so I can speak the language of my ancestors...

Alana - Nelson -

I’d like to learn more so I can speak the language of my ancestors...

Rachel - wellington -

Te Puna Māturanga o Aotearoa strong believes in the value of Te Reo Māori...

Rachel - wellington -

Te Puna Māturanga o Aotearoa strong believes in the value of Te Reo Māori...

Annabel - Auckland -

As an immigrant to New Zealand it's important to me to embrace everything this beautiful country offers me and my...

Annabel - Auckland -

As an immigrant to New Zealand it's important to me to embrace everything this beautiful country offers me and my...

Deearna - Canterbury -

Because it is our language and want to learn more to teach my son...

Deearna - Canterbury -

Because it is our language and want to learn more to teach my son...

Cruzz - Auckland -

It is important to carry on our mother language & culture...

Cruzz - Auckland -

It is important to carry on our mother language & culture...

Sonny - Ōpōtiki -

"Ko wai au?" If I know who I am, I know where I'm going...

Sonny - Ōpōtiki -

"Ko wai au?" If I know who I am, I know where I'm going...

Jude - Napier -

I am an early childhood teacher and work alongside others to support keeping culture alive and visible for our tamariki...

Jude - Napier -

I am an early childhood teacher and work alongside others to support keeping culture alive and visible for our tamariki...

Leanne - Auckland -

Opportunities for my tamariki...

Leanne - Auckland -

Opportunities for my tamariki...

Eleonora - Wellington -

I believe learning te reo brings us back to the 'source' of the NZ spirit...

Eleonora - Wellington -

I believe learning te reo brings us back to the 'source' of the NZ spirit...

Nick - Tauranga -

Ko te reo me ngā tikanga Māori ki te Mana Whenua ki te whatamanawa...

Nick - Tauranga -

Ko te reo me ngā tikanga Māori ki te Mana Whenua ki te whatamanawa...

Jason - Palmerston North -

I think as a New Zealander it is important we ensure we keep our heritages alive...

Jason - Palmerston North -

I think as a New Zealander it is important we ensure we keep our heritages alive...

Tanima - Turangi -

Because I want to be the change I want to see...

Tanima - Turangi -

Because I want to be the change I want to see...

Marisa - Wellington -

Honour the Treaty - I enjoy using te reo...

Marisa - Wellington -

Honour the Treaty - I enjoy using te reo...

Junior - Invercargill -

My 'why' is my tamariki...

Junior - Invercargill -

My 'why' is my tamariki...

Doreen - Tokoroa -

I believe in the importance of keeping te reo Maori alive and growing...

Doreen - Tokoroa -

I believe in the importance of keeping te reo Maori alive and growing...

Molly - Christchurch -

As a teacher, it is important to ensure that reo and tikanga Māori are engrained in our everyday practices...

Molly - Christchurch -

As a teacher, it is important to ensure that reo and tikanga Māori are engrained in our everyday practices...

Honey - Hamilton -

To support the growth of Te Reo maaori in Aotearoa and around the world...

Honey - Hamilton -

To support the growth of Te Reo maaori in Aotearoa and around the world...

Melissa - Hamilton -

I believe parts of NZ Aotearoa are racist and without visible action and normalisation of the use of Te Reo...

Melissa - Hamilton -

I believe parts of NZ Aotearoa are racist and without visible action and normalisation of the use of Te Reo...

Emily - Wellington -

Because te reo māori is one of our official languages and it is special to Aotearoa New Zealand...

Emily - Wellington -

Because te reo māori is one of our official languages and it is special to Aotearoa New Zealand...

Robyn - New Plymouth -

What reo I did have I have lost through lack of use...

Robyn - New Plymouth -

What reo I did have I have lost through lack of use...

Susan - Tauranga -

Learning is growth sharing and understanding are essential to maintain and develop communities...

Susan - Tauranga -

Learning is growth sharing and understanding are essential to maintain and develop communities...

Geoff - Auckland -

It's a beautiful language, and down in the Southern Pacific, it's ours...

Geoff - Auckland -

It's a beautiful language, and down in the Southern Pacific, it's ours...

Katrina - Kawerau -

If more people do not learn it and retain it, then it will be lost...

Katrina - Kawerau -

If more people do not learn it and retain it, then it will be lost...

Alison - Palmerston North -

I'm proud that a core part of what makes Aotearoa unique is reo...

Alison - Palmerston North -

I'm proud that a core part of what makes Aotearoa unique is reo...