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'

 

my class would enjoy celebrating te reo wiki this way...

Mahi ki te kohanga reo...

My why is my daughter Ruby...

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

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

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

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

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

Passionate about Matauranga and whānau partnerships ...

timely in all ways ...

Ka pai tenei kaupapa...

Kore au e hiahia ki te ngaro aku reo...

It is a language that we need to cherish...

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

Because I am pakeha and work in a pakeha organisation...

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

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

Maori language is an integral part of New Zealand society...

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

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

Whānau ...

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

Kia kaha Te Reo Māori!...

We are a tikanga based programme and i love to learn more ...

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

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

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

My why - āku Tamariki...

Because it’s cool to kōrero!...

This is our first year in learning Te Reo and we want to take it next level!...

Kia pakari tōku nei reo - kia whakaora anō te reo kei rō whare...

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

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

To keep our language alive...

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

I am a recent immigrant to NZ from the US...

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

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

I live in Australia...

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

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

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

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

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

Whanau, whanau whanau ma Te katoa ...

I am maori and I want to learn te reo...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opportunities for my tamariki...

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

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

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

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

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

My 'why' is my tamariki...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Because if we don't who will?!

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

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

Kia kaha te reo Māori

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

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

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

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

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

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

Te reo is our indigenous language...

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

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

Build te reo capabilities at Te Tari Taiwhenua...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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