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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Jax - Tairawhiti -

Because if we don't who will?!

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Jax - Tairawhiti -

Because if we don't who will?!

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Sheri -

Māori culture is a significant thread of NZ's culture and history...

Sheri -

Māori culture is a significant thread of NZ's culture and history...

Bridget - Invercargill -

I want to help resurrect a dying language and culture...

Bridget - Invercargill -

I want to help resurrect a dying language and culture...

Margaret - Mangonui -

Kia kaha te reo Māori

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Margaret - Mangonui -

Kia kaha te reo Māori

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Oriana - Tamaki Makaurau -

It's the language I was blessed to grow up around, always hearing it spoken on the many marae we visited...

Oriana - Tamaki Makaurau -

It's the language I was blessed to grow up around, always hearing it spoken on the many marae we visited...

Charmaine - Lower Hutt -

This is an opportunity to be able to influence understanding of Tikanga within my work environment...

Charmaine - Lower Hutt -

This is an opportunity to be able to influence understanding of Tikanga within my work environment...

Carol - Masterton -

Keeping the Māori Language alive is the responsibility of all new Zealanders...

Carol - Masterton -

Keeping the Māori Language alive is the responsibility of all new Zealanders...

Bernard - Auckland -

I am learning te reo as a way of showing respect to the tangata whenua...

Bernard - Auckland -

I am learning te reo as a way of showing respect to the tangata whenua...

Amber - Tāmaki Makaurau -

Kei te pīrangi au ki te hāpai Te Reo Māori mō tā tātou tamariki...

Amber - Tāmaki Makaurau -

Kei te pīrangi au ki te hāpai Te Reo Māori mō tā tātou tamariki...

Alisa - Wellington -

This is a way for me to honour and acknowledge my birth place...

Alisa - Wellington -

This is a way for me to honour and acknowledge my birth place...

Pip - Porirua -

Te reo is our indigenous language...

Pip - Porirua -

Te reo is our indigenous language...

Fran - Lower Hutt -

Te reo Māori is a taonga that we are so lucky to enjoy here in Aotearoa...

Fran - Lower Hutt -

Te reo Māori is a taonga that we are so lucky to enjoy here in Aotearoa...

Mikhail - Kaitaia -

My 'Why' comes down to me wanting to be a good Treaty partner...

Mikhail - Kaitaia -

My 'Why' comes down to me wanting to be a good Treaty partner...

Jennifer - Wellington -

Build te reo capabilities at Te Tari Taiwhenua...

Jennifer - Wellington -

Build te reo capabilities at Te Tari Taiwhenua...

June - Christchurch -

Te reo Māori belongs to all of us and as a kaiako I am inspired to share what I can...

June - Christchurch -

Te reo Māori belongs to all of us and as a kaiako I am inspired to share what I can...

Louise - Auckland -

As a kura we are committing to a bicultural Aotearoa NZ and supporting te Reo Maori: its past, present and...

Louise - Auckland -

As a kura we are committing to a bicultural Aotearoa NZ and supporting te Reo Maori: its past, present and...

Tamsin - Queenstown -

To revive the language and to be using it more down here where there is little Māori presence...

Tamsin - Queenstown -

To revive the language and to be using it more down here where there is little Māori presence...

Ernie - Gisborne Turanganui a kiwa. -

Learning Te Reo for me is a way to rediscover my connection with my whakapapa and tipuna...

Ernie - Gisborne Turanganui a kiwa. -

Learning Te Reo for me is a way to rediscover my connection with my whakapapa and tipuna...

Joanna - Mangakino -

To commend our Māori literates whether they are beginners or up standing fluent speakers representing our Māori ancestry belonging to...

Joanna - Mangakino -

To commend our Māori literates whether they are beginners or up standing fluent speakers representing our Māori ancestry belonging to...

Tanya - Tauranga -

I'm a Kiwi - this is our heritage...

Tanya - Tauranga -

I'm a Kiwi - this is our heritage...

Maria - Auckland -

As a Pākehā I am taking part to honour, validate and tautoko te reo Māori...

Maria - Auckland -

As a Pākehā I am taking part to honour, validate and tautoko te reo Māori...

Hazel - Whitianga -

I want to be part of the revolution where te reo and tikanga Māori becomes front and centre in all...

Hazel - Whitianga -

I want to be part of the revolution where te reo and tikanga Māori becomes front and centre in all...

Kathy - Little River -

I want to be part of building the mana of our tangata whenua...

Kathy - Little River -

I want to be part of building the mana of our tangata whenua...

Amanda - Auckland -

To redeem our cultural heritage of New Zealand and to promote Te Reo in our school...

Amanda - Auckland -

To redeem our cultural heritage of New Zealand and to promote Te Reo in our school...

Peter - Hastings -

It is a beautiful expressive language and to promote with using it daily is a way I can express my...

Peter - Hastings -

It is a beautiful expressive language and to promote with using it daily is a way I can express my...

Ian - Tauranga -

Learning Te Reo and Te ao Māori is important for us all to connect as people in this beautiful country...

Ian - Tauranga -

Learning Te Reo and Te ao Māori is important for us all to connect as people in this beautiful country...

Varsha V -

I started learning te reo Māori to communicate with our whānau and tamariki...

Varsha V -

I started learning te reo Māori to communicate with our whānau and tamariki...

Te Tari o Whakatuu - Nelson -

Ko te reo Māori te kaupapa whakahirahira...

Te Tari o Whakatuu - Nelson -

Ko te reo Māori te kaupapa whakahirahira...

Peter - Timaru -

Every year Te reo maori is increasing my understanding of the language...

Peter - Timaru -

Every year Te reo maori is increasing my understanding of the language...

Natasha - Wellington -

Te Reo Māori is an official language of Aotearoa but has not been treated as such for several generations...

Natasha - Wellington -

Te Reo Māori is an official language of Aotearoa but has not been treated as such for several generations...

Teaohou - Werribee -

I have always wanted to learn my own language, and wanting too know more about our history...

Teaohou - Werribee -

I have always wanted to learn my own language, and wanting too know more about our history...

Maia - Wellington -

To be more comfortable and confident in my Māori identity...

Maia - Wellington -

To be more comfortable and confident in my Māori identity...

Makao - Rotorua -

He Māori ahau, Ko te reo Māori tōku rongoā...

Makao - Rotorua -

He Māori ahau, Ko te reo Māori tōku rongoā...

Karen - Bayview -

I am determined to be part of the solution so Māori people don't have to go through what I did...

Karen - Bayview -

I am determined to be part of the solution so Māori people don't have to go through what I did...

Ema - Auckland -

As New Zealanders, we have a responsibility to learn Te Reo...

Ema - Auckland -

As New Zealanders, we have a responsibility to learn Te Reo...

Moana - Tokoroa -

I believe I can play my part by learning the language of this land...

Moana - Tokoroa -

I believe I can play my part by learning the language of this land...

Lisa -

Te reo is one of our official languages and it speaks to our past and to our future...

Lisa -

Te reo is one of our official languages and it speaks to our past and to our future...

Annemie - Owhango -

Only the original language captures that culture's essence! It is essential for Te Ao that Te Reo stays alive!

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Annemie - Owhango -

Only the original language captures that culture's essence! It is essential for Te Ao that Te Reo stays alive!

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Carl -

Māori culture connects to me at a deep level, it simply feels correct, relevant and true...

Carl -

Māori culture connects to me at a deep level, it simply feels correct, relevant and true...

Vicky -

To learn more about my family's whakapapa, the history of my whānau and to reach out to more people...

Vicky -

To learn more about my family's whakapapa, the history of my whānau and to reach out to more people...

Katrina - Tuakau -

We are working hard in our kura to normalise our unique taonga - Te Reo Māori...

Katrina - Tuakau -

We are working hard in our kura to normalise our unique taonga - Te Reo Māori...

Jade - Kirikiriroa -

Simply because it is my language...

Jade - Kirikiriroa -

Simply because it is my language...

Helen - Whangarei -

Language is the key to human connection and te reo is the language that connects us to the universe, the...

Helen - Whangarei -

Language is the key to human connection and te reo is the language that connects us to the universe, the...

Dez Martin - Wellington -

Te reo has given me a stronger relationship to Papatūānuku and better understanding of who I am...

Dez Martin - Wellington -

Te reo has given me a stronger relationship to Papatūānuku and better understanding of who I am...

Lyn -

I think it is important to foster te reo because it is the language of Tangata Whenua, and it is...

Lyn -

I think it is important to foster te reo because it is the language of Tangata Whenua, and it is...

Lydia - Rotorua -

Learning about who I am has gifted me with a sense of belonging...

Lydia - Rotorua -

Learning about who I am has gifted me with a sense of belonging...

Rosalie - Tauranga -

This is the first known language of New Zealand and we cannot afford to let it die...

Rosalie - Tauranga -

This is the first known language of New Zealand and we cannot afford to let it die...

Melissa - Nelson -

Learning te reo Māori strengthened my connection with nature and my understanding of the Māori culture...

Melissa - Nelson -

Learning te reo Māori strengthened my connection with nature and my understanding of the Māori culture...

Bella -

Starting a new journey, facing new challenges - it's a must for me...

Bella -

Starting a new journey, facing new challenges - it's a must for me...

Roimata - levin -

 I'm proud of our reo, it is so humbling...

Roimata - levin -

 I'm proud of our reo, it is so humbling...

Nicky - Gisborne -

I am privileged to be part of such a unique race...

Nicky - Gisborne -

I am privileged to be part of such a unique race...

Jocelyn - Tāmaki Makaurau -

E hiahia ana au te whakakaha I tōku reo I ngā wā katoa i ngā wāhi katoa ahakoa te aha...

Jocelyn - Tāmaki Makaurau -

E hiahia ana au te whakakaha I tōku reo I ngā wā katoa i ngā wāhi katoa ahakoa te aha...

Jasen - Malvern UK - a frequent visitor to Oamaru NZ -

Through a love of language, I feel connected to people I have never met, living on the other side of...

Jasen - Malvern UK - a frequent visitor to Oamaru NZ -

Through a love of language, I feel connected to people I have never met, living on the other side of...

Sequoia - Kaikohe -

Speaking te reo Māori just represents who we are, and actually connects us with one another

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Sequoia - Kaikohe -

Speaking te reo Māori just represents who we are, and actually connects us with one another

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Elizabeth - Auckland -

Learning to speak, to read, to listen, to sing in Māori will help me to connect with New Zealand and...

Elizabeth - Auckland -

Learning to speak, to read, to listen, to sing in Māori will help me to connect with New Zealand and...

Erica - Roma -

I'm an Italian girl and I started studying te reo 3 months ago...

Erica - Roma -

I'm an Italian girl and I started studying te reo 3 months ago...

Kaea - Whangarei -

So the language may develop to a point where we are not only generally speaking te reo Māori, but we...

Kaea - Whangarei -

So the language may develop to a point where we are not only generally speaking te reo Māori, but we...

Kathleen - Porirua -

Kei te kōrero Māori i nga wā katoa...

Kathleen - Porirua -

Kei te kōrero Māori i nga wā katoa...

Lingo - Auckland -

Language is history, once the language is gone so is the story of the ancestors before us...

Lingo - Auckland -

Language is history, once the language is gone so is the story of the ancestors before us...

Trina - Auckland -

Learning te reo Māori has also challenged my own embedded cultural assumptions...

Trina - Auckland -

Learning te reo Māori has also challenged my own embedded cultural assumptions...

Mairead - Dunedin -

If I want to see change around the motu then I need to be part of that change!

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Mairead - Dunedin -

If I want to see change around the motu then I need to be part of that change!

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Kamrul - Auckland -

If we do not preserve our reo, our taonga, then no one in the world will do it for us...

Kamrul - Auckland -

If we do not preserve our reo, our taonga, then no one in the world will do it for us...

Natalie - Palmerston North -

So that we can normalise our beautiful taonga, Te Reo Māori, that was attempted to be eradicated from our tūpuna...

Natalie - Palmerston North -

So that we can normalise our beautiful taonga, Te Reo Māori, that was attempted to be eradicated from our tūpuna...

Edem - USA -

I am learning Te Reo, because languages are keys, to a people, their culture and their future...

Edem - USA -

I am learning Te Reo, because languages are keys, to a people, their culture and their future...

Taisha - Palmerston North -

When I was younger, although I could understand te reo fairly well, I was rubbish at speaking it...

Taisha - Palmerston North -

When I was younger, although I could understand te reo fairly well, I was rubbish at speaking it...

Ann - Vietnam -

I want to teach my Vietnamese students some Te Reo Māori phrases!

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Ann - Vietnam -

I want to teach my Vietnamese students some Te Reo Māori phrases!

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Tiriana - Whakaoriori -

I want to connect to my language and learn more...

Tiriana - Whakaoriori -

I want to connect to my language and learn more...

Leanne - Whangārei -

My why? I missed out on learning te reo in my childhood home yet it was the first language of...

Leanne - Whangārei -

My why? I missed out on learning te reo in my childhood home yet it was the first language of...

Claire - Tauranga -

I want to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi as an immigrant to this country...

Claire - Tauranga -

I want to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi as an immigrant to this country...

Kylie - Brisbane -

I want to pass on our ancestors' language to my tamariki...

Kylie - Brisbane -

I want to pass on our ancestors' language to my tamariki...

Toni - Whangārei -

Reo Māori is the essence of who I am...

Toni - Whangārei -

Reo Māori is the essence of who I am...

Brittany - Te Whanganui-a-Tara -

My why is my whakapapa...

Brittany - Te Whanganui-a-Tara -

My why is my whakapapa...

Taylor - Tāmaki Makaurau -

I believe that it is important for everyone in Aotearoa, Māori or not to understand the importance of speaking te...

Taylor - Tāmaki Makaurau -

I believe that it is important for everyone in Aotearoa, Māori or not to understand the importance of speaking te...