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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I am a Pakeha, and the preservation of Te Reo is extremely important to me, because it is a part of our culture as New Zealanders...

I am a Pakeha, and the preservation of Te Reo is extremely important to me, because it is a part of our culture as New Zealanders...

It's important that we support things that are uniquely Māori, and we would love to see our diverse team celebrate and normalise te reo Māori within our stores and communities ...

It's important that we support things that are uniquely Māori, and we would love to see our diverse team celebrate and normalise te reo Māori within our stores and communities ...

I believe te reo Maori is fundamental to this land...

I believe te reo Maori is fundamental to this land...

To keep our reo alive & to connect to my own identity ...

To keep our reo alive & to connect to my own identity ...

To better understand my culture as a New Zealander, and for my tamariki...

To better understand my culture as a New Zealander, and for my tamariki...

At my school, we are working hard at developing our Māori language skills and I am in full support of that...

At my school, we are working hard at developing our Māori language skills and I am in full support of that...

He Taonga te reo Maori mo te whenua o Aotearoa...

He Taonga te reo Maori mo te whenua o Aotearoa...

to be part of the movement of connecting myself and my whanau to learn understand and Loreto tatou reo rangatira...

to be part of the movement of connecting myself and my whanau to learn understand and Loreto tatou reo rangatira...

To improve...

To improve...

It’s a part of who I am, te reo Māori...

It’s a part of who I am, te reo Māori...

I love t o learn Maori...

I love t o learn Maori...

Te reo Māori is part of Aotearoa where my home is...

Te reo Māori is part of Aotearoa where my home is...

Te Reo is part of our history, culture and what makes part of Aotearoa...

Te Reo is part of our history, culture and what makes part of Aotearoa...

Kei tahi Aotearoa I te ao!...

Kei tahi Aotearoa I te ao!...

As a child, I grew up around Te Reo Maori...

As a child, I grew up around Te Reo Maori...

Because it is our national language and for too long it has been shoved to the side, much like the Maori people have been and I refuse to sit by and let such a beautiful language fall by the way side because of racist people...

Because it is our national language and for too long it has been shoved to the side, much like the Maori people have been and I refuse to sit by and let such a beautiful language fall by the way side because of racist people...

Make sure my students understand the importance of te reo and the Treaty in their world...

Make sure my students understand the importance of te reo and the Treaty in their world...

I am a migrant in New Zealand - moved here from India in 2003...

I am a migrant in New Zealand - moved here from India in 2003...

more self awareness and being respectful of other cultures...

more self awareness and being respectful of other cultures...

I recall how I had a spiritual experience when traveling here as a tourist 20 years ago, I was laying on the earth and spread my arms out, hands touching the grass, tears welled up and I experienced a deep connection to the land...

I recall how I had a spiritual experience when traveling here as a tourist 20 years ago, I was laying on the earth and spread my arms out, hands touching the grass, tears welled up and I experienced a deep connection to the land...

because te reo should be thriving in Aotearoa and for our future generations it will!...

because te reo should be thriving in Aotearoa and for our future generations it will!...

As a New Zealander I think te reo Māori is part of our culture, it feels only natural to try and learn the language!...

As a New Zealander I think te reo Māori is part of our culture, it feels only natural to try and learn the language!...

we are ALL PART OF NZ...

we are ALL PART OF NZ...

It is our native language...

It is our native language...

Te Reo Maori is one of the three official languages of New Zealand...

Te Reo Maori is one of the three official languages of New Zealand...

I am proud to be a New Zealander and want to learn te reo of the tanga ta whenua...

I am proud to be a New Zealander and want to learn te reo of the tanga ta whenua...

To keep the culture alive and honour our Tangata Whenua...

To keep the culture alive and honour our Tangata Whenua...

by learning any language, you get to understand how a people thinks, their history ...

by learning any language, you get to understand how a people thinks, their history ...

Because it is everyone's responsibility to revive it after it was oppressed for so long...

Because it is everyone's responsibility to revive it after it was oppressed for so long...

matua ben christie...

matua ben christie...

Joining in will make a difference...

Joining in will make a difference...

Revitalising Te Reo Māori is key to maintaining our culture and it all starts with self...

Revitalising Te Reo Māori is key to maintaining our culture and it all starts with self...

I love Te reo māori :) ...

I love Te reo māori :) ...

I am who i am...

I am who i am...

To encourage others to use our native language...

To encourage others to use our native language...

My whānau + understanding of myself as a NZer and indigenous person :)...

My whānau + understanding of myself as a NZer and indigenous person :)...

The language from my birth country is dying, I don't want the same to happen to the indigenous language of my adopted home...

The language from my birth country is dying, I don't want the same to happen to the indigenous language of my adopted home...

Most of the students in our class are Maori and it is importnat for me and them to make Te Reo part of our everyday so they can feel confident, strong and connected...

Most of the students in our class are Maori and it is importnat for me and them to make Te Reo part of our everyday so they can feel confident, strong and connected...

So my mokopuna will have her language accepted!...

So my mokopuna will have her language accepted!...

To support the cause, to demonstrate that reo should be compulsory in educaiton...

To support the cause, to demonstrate that reo should be compulsory in educaiton...

Upholding our national language is so important, its an awesome goal to participate in to encourage our nation Aotearoa to value, learn and use te reo as per Ti Tiri o Aotearoa...

Upholding our national language is so important, its an awesome goal to participate in to encourage our nation Aotearoa to value, learn and use te reo as per Ti Tiri o Aotearoa...

I think it is really important for Aotearoa to embrance te reo Māori...

I think it is really important for Aotearoa to embrance te reo Māori...

I have a grand daughter who is attending a kohanga reo in Whangarei and I would like to share or be part of her learning...

I have a grand daughter who is attending a kohanga reo in Whangarei and I would like to share or be part of her learning...

Because this is yet another wonderful way of honouring my culture and my whakapapa and tikanga...

Because this is yet another wonderful way of honouring my culture and my whakapapa and tikanga...

Because as a teacher and parent, the best way I can support te reo in NZ is to engage with it and learn it myself...

Because as a teacher and parent, the best way I can support te reo in NZ is to engage with it and learn it myself...

As a new student teacher in Early Childhood Education, I believe I need to learn more in te reo Māori and its uniqueness to help me accommodate and understand more of the values and so that I can carry on teaching the simple plurals of te reo Māori...

As a new student teacher in Early Childhood Education, I believe I need to learn more in te reo Māori and its uniqueness to help me accommodate and understand more of the values and so that I can carry on teaching the simple plurals of te reo Māori...

I have a few people in my family who are Maori and friends also...

I have a few people in my family who are Maori and friends also...

To show the community how Te Reo is a fun, vibrant language and that leanring it can be as easy as one word at a time...

To show the community how Te Reo is a fun, vibrant language and that leanring it can be as easy as one word at a time...

I love the language and believe it should be spoken more day-to-day...

I love the language and believe it should be spoken more day-to-day...

Because its a beautiful language to learn speak , understand and celebrate...

Because its a beautiful language to learn speak , understand and celebrate...

Because te reo Maori is part of New Zealand Aotearoa...

Because te reo Maori is part of New Zealand Aotearoa...

He taonga te reo...

He taonga te reo...

It is important because it is ME it’s who I am ...

It is important because it is ME it’s who I am ...

Self directed learning every day...

Self directed learning every day...

Korero Maori ia ra, ia ra, Ako te reo Maori, ia ra, ia ra I runga nga kura...

Korero Maori ia ra, ia ra, Ako te reo Maori, ia ra, ia ra I runga nga kura...

It is important to take part as we should be proud of Te Reo as an amazing and unique langauge...

It is important to take part as we should be proud of Te Reo as an amazing and unique langauge...

The Maori people, their culture and language need to be part of “they are us”...

The Maori people, their culture and language need to be part of “they are us”...

te reo māori is the unique language of the Tangata whenua...

te reo māori is the unique language of the Tangata whenua...

It's a part of who I am!...

It's a part of who I am!...

Ahakoa he iti he pounamu - No matter how small it is our most treasured...

Ahakoa he iti he pounamu - No matter how small it is our most treasured...

It is important for me to take part as my Grandmother was a native Te Reo speaker and my mother had this vital part of her heritage stripped away from her...

It is important for me to take part as my Grandmother was a native Te Reo speaker and my mother had this vital part of her heritage stripped away from her...

proud of my culture...

proud of my culture...

We are a bicultural nation...

We are a bicultural nation...

Te Reo Māori is unique and does define us as NZ's including connecting us to home...

Te Reo Māori is unique and does define us as NZ's including connecting us to home...

I am Maori and feel disappointed that I can’t speak the language of my ancestors...

I am Maori and feel disappointed that I can’t speak the language of my ancestors...

I started my Reo journey back in August with Te Wananga o Raukawa online after putting it off for years...

I started my Reo journey back in August with Te Wananga o Raukawa online after putting it off for years...

I am only 9 years old...

I am only 9 years old...

My Koro was very prominent with in Te Arawa and he worked at the Maori Radio Station here in Rotorua...

My Koro was very prominent with in Te Arawa and he worked at the Maori Radio Station here in Rotorua...

To be involved in a nationally important activity and use what te reo i know...

To be involved in a nationally important activity and use what te reo i know...

Because I am proud to be a New Zealander...

Because I am proud to be a New Zealander...

Whakanuia ā ngāi tātou - te ahurea māori, tō tātou reo te tūākiri me kī...

Whakanuia ā ngāi tātou - te ahurea māori, tō tātou reo te tūākiri me kī...

To be more a part of this amazing country and it’s culture and people...

To be more a part of this amazing country and it’s culture and people...

Te reo maori opens up a whole side of my home to me...

Te reo maori opens up a whole side of my home to me...

I am passionate to learn and keep our unique language of Aotearoa alive and well...

I am passionate to learn and keep our unique language of Aotearoa alive and well...

Waiata is fun and connects to every one...

Waiata is fun and connects to every one...

Keen as to learn, relearn the Reo and be proud of who I am...

Keen as to learn, relearn the Reo and be proud of who I am...

Maori language week...

Maori language week...

We are a small whānau owned Aged Residential Care facility whom over the last 34 years have been a home for many of our whānau Māori from within our Hāpori...

We are a small whānau owned Aged Residential Care facility whom over the last 34 years have been a home for many of our whānau Māori from within our Hāpori...

As a woman of Maori descent, I believe that it is one of my greatest privileges in life to be a part of a culture so rich and powerful!...

As a woman of Maori descent, I believe that it is one of my greatest privileges in life to be a part of a culture so rich and powerful!...

Hei whakatakotoria the huarahi mō ā tātou nei tamariki, mokopuna...

Hei whakatakotoria the huarahi mō ā tātou nei tamariki, mokopuna...

Our workplace finds it very important to embrace and encourage the opportunity to bring light to our heritage and special Maori culture...

Our workplace finds it very important to embrace and encourage the opportunity to bring light to our heritage and special Maori culture...

It is important for all new zealalnders to embrace our culture and support this...

It is important for all new zealalnders to embrace our culture and support this...

As a child born in 1985 to a Maori Father and Pakeha Mother, things were rough for me...

As a child born in 1985 to a Maori Father and Pakeha Mother, things were rough for me...

To be involved - get more educated - to feel more apart of our culture...

To be involved - get more educated - to feel more apart of our culture...

Because it is important to keep our culture alive...

Because it is important to keep our culture alive...

Because its good to take part in my countries culture and at least try to learn things about it...

Because its good to take part in my countries culture and at least try to learn things about it...

Because being a Māori who speak fluent te reo i truly believe by me speaking with everyone i am one of many people who are saving our language for generations...

Because being a Māori who speak fluent te reo i truly believe by me speaking with everyone i am one of many people who are saving our language for generations...

Te Reo Māori is so important and we need to treasure and preserve it...

Te Reo Māori is so important and we need to treasure and preserve it...

To improve my everyday Te Reo skills...

To improve my everyday Te Reo skills...

I believe that we should all be proud of te reo Māori even if we cannot speak it...

I believe that we should all be proud of te reo Māori even if we cannot speak it...

To keep the language alive!...

To keep the language alive!...

I want to take part as I am raising two boys who are Maori, I want us all to be on a journey of learning te reo and learning more about what it means to be Maori so that the boys can grow up proudly identifying with that side of their heritage...

I want to take part as I am raising two boys who are Maori, I want us all to be on a journey of learning te reo and learning more about what it means to be Maori so that the boys can grow up proudly identifying with that side of their heritage...

Important for us to korero...

Important for us to korero...

To be a truly multicultural nation, we must be completely bicultural in the first instance...

To be a truly multicultural nation, we must be completely bicultural in the first instance...

To be part of something awesome, to share in this beautiful language that is uniquely ours her in NZ...

To be part of something awesome, to share in this beautiful language that is uniquely ours her in NZ...

It's one of the things that make us and our nation so (very) special...

It's one of the things that make us and our nation so (very) special...

I think it is important to take part to strengthen our awareness and identity as a nation...

I think it is important to take part to strengthen our awareness and identity as a nation...

I love my culture...

I love my culture...

Tōku reo, tōku ohooho...

Tōku reo, tōku ohooho...

To try and connect more with my Maori culture and to encourage my children to embrace and be proud of being Maori...

To try and connect more with my Maori culture and to encourage my children to embrace and be proud of being Maori...