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'

 

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

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

Ko te reo Māori te kaupapa whakahirahira...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simply because it is my language...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kei te kōrero Māori i nga wā katoa...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My why is my whakapapa...

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