Te pae kōrero | Who's joined

There are many things that define New Zealanders and connect us to our home: and te reo Māori is one of them.

Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to learn te reo and see it become normalised and spoken nationwide. Explore them below and share your favourites to inspire others to get involved.


Add your 'why'

 

Being a kiwi...

“Because it’s fun” says my eight-year-old tamahine :) And I say also because it’s just, right, beautiful, enlightening and powerful...

learning te reo Māori is important to me because it is the reo of my tupuna and our whenua Aotearoa/NZ...

Tangata whenua...

I want to learn more about Maori people and improve my Maori language...

Whoops I meant to sign up earlier...

Because Te Reo Maori is not spoken anywhere else in the world...

As a Maori wahine I think it is very important , it's apart of who I am...

Te Reo Maori is an official language of NZ, it's our culture and history...

I have three tamariki under 3...

We can each contribute in some small way to effect great change...

It is a language that belongs in New Zealand and I would never what to see it die out...

Ko te Reo ake o Aotearoa nei he reo o te tangata whenua...

I would like to move to New Zealand and become part of the community...

So I can help my grandchildren ...

Kia whiua ki te ao, ki nga iwi katoa ...

I think it's an important part of being a New Zealand that we have a good grasp of Te Reo...

I am a wahine Māori, who grew up without knowing how to speak Te Reo Māori...

To strengthen and normalise the reo spoken at my kura...

Learning Te Reo deserves the recognition and respect to ensure it becomes the norm in my son and mokopuna lives...

We want to celebrate our Bicultural partnership and heritage ...

Because my school is doing ut and I wouod like to contribute to the schools moments!...

Because te reo Māori is the way we can create equality and what makes us unique as Kiwis...

Learning about history and culture is important...

Recognising our taonga that is te reo Māori...

I want to be able to speak fluent Te Reo so I can connect to my culture...

To make te reo Māori commonplace and make Aotearoa a truly bilingual country...

I am proud to be Māori and believe that our language is beautiful...

Tena Koutou...

I am Maori, and sharing my reo has always been paramount...

To revitalise the indegenous language of New Zealand...

My Dad & Mum always encouraged me to learn more about our Maori culture, food, land and whakapapa...

because Te Reo is our national language and I know very little Te Reo...

it is a huge part of the country I live in...

I have recently been blessed with a great-grandson...

To reconnect with my tūpuna and to be a better future health care professional for my Māori patients - so...

Na aku Tipuna i takoha mai tenei taonga ki wau, na reira kia tika ana kia tukuna atu awau ki...

I'm a hungarian woman and I'd like to move to New Zealand...

To help make New Zealand a more equitable society, so that everyone can have the opportunity to thrive...

The language is beautiful and understanding each kupu enables a better understanding of living in Aotearoa...

Because I believe Māori should be taught as a second language to everyone in school (made compulsory to learn)...

It was beautiful to share the waiata with our choir in a way that help to promote Te Reo...

It's very important to be connected with our local communities and culture...

My father grew up in Awarua in the far north and his first language he was taught was te reo...

Any language is a treasure...

I'm a new zealander...

I am a Pakeha, but I would like to learn Maori as it is an important part of Aotearoa's culture,...

Decolonisation is critical for healing...

I will have just moved back from London...

Because it’s a shame and shameful not to take part ❤️...

I am originally from Ireland and have lived in Aotearoa for 16 years, I love the Te Reo Maori language...

I understand and can korero some but need more interaction with fluent speakers of Te reo Maori...

Being maori is a privilege, and not knowing how to speak te reo maori breaks my heart,its important to me...

I love so much about our indigenous culture and wairua and am enriched by everything I learn about it...

I live in Melbourne, Australia and I have Kiwi/Maori students at my school...

Because of my whãnau, I want them to be more culturally immersed ...

I would like to be able to learn te reo maori, so that I can pass it on to my...

Acknowledge our whakapapa...

Our beautiful bi-cultural nation of Aotearoa needs to embrace and support the growth and development of Te Reo Māori...

I want Te Reo to be organic and typical in all kiwi lifestyles...

To spread the awareness of te reo as a means to know your identify ...

It's part of New Zealand's culture and its important we embrace that and honour it...

I live in this country and it would be a shame (on me) if I could not even speak a...

Language is the root of every culture...

Our unique indigenous language should be an integral part of being a kiwi...

I'm a beginner learner and loved studying Te Ara Reo Māori last year and wanted to continue to improve my...

Because I live in Aotearoa...

Because Aotearoa is the only country that acts as the repository for te reo Maori...

Because I love the Māori language and I would love to learn more and be a part of teaching more...

he tangata māori ahau o Aotearoa...

I live in Canada, makes me feel closer to my culture and tupuna...

My children are Maori and my wife is fluent in Te Reo, I need to catch up...

To promote Te reo Māori to keep it alive for many generations...

Because I want to be more confident in using Te Reo every day...

I want to join jag n and have fun...

I am fascinated with the culture and the importance of te reo Māori...

I am Maori...

To help me have structure to help me start my Te Reo journey...

I’ve always wanted to learn Māori—it is a beautiful language and connects me to the whenua, even living in the...

So I can learn more about my heritage and learn how to speak Maori ...

Te reo māori is important to me as a pākehā who is committed to the treaty...

I believe te reo is important, and I want to show my support of this...

I wish to understand what is being spoken and written...

to be one and a 1000,000...

Because I care for my culture it takes a big part of my life and heart...

Coz I want to...

I'm not a fluent speaker, but I try every day to use what Māori I have ia ra, ia ra...

Maori is apart of me, it’s who I am and therefore understanding more of who I am is important for...

Celebrating te Reo Māori is a priority for me, to help recognise the rich culture and heritage we have here...

Being disconnected from whakaapapa and culture, It's important for me to push myself to reconnect, restore and reclaim my Maori...

Whuia te reo...

I grew up in kohanga and kura kaupapa then when I was 8 years old I was transferred to a...

It is important as I would like to embrace the culture we have in NZ...

I wanna know maori causal language...

It's important to me on a personal level as well as a professional level...

The reason why I took part is that I believe that Te Reo Maori is NZ 's national language and...

I grew up around a lot of Maori but never really had the opportunity to learn even though I was...

It is important for me to take part because I am part maori and I use to be able to...

To improve my understanding of te reo and hopefully be confident to use the language on a daily basis...

New Zealand is my home now (since Oct 2000) and I feel closer to the land and to the people...