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'

 

Maori is a shared main language of Aotearoa along with sign language and English...

Because the Maori language is part of our history and culture...

I would like to be part of the journey, and learn more...

Te Reo is sadly missing in the workplace...

I want children to be excited about speaking the unique language of te reo Maaori and this is just one...

As someone proud of my Māori whakapapa but not a fluent speaker of te reo (a regret I hope to...

Constitutionally we're a bicultural nation, so being bilingual seems appropriate ...

Important to learn our reo so it won’t be lost...

I strongly believe that we need to continue to lift the Maori language throughout NZ...

I love hearing people speak te reo and always shy away from learning it myself...

I think ancient languages and tūpuna have so much to tell and teach as humans, no matter what part of...

My mum and her whānau were punished at school for speaking Te Reo which was brutal considering that was all...

Because it's important to keep traditional languages alive and I'd like to encourage younger people to learn Maori...

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Te reo should be used everywhere...

It's an important part of being a New Zealander...

It's important for me to take part because I live in NZ where Maori is an official language...

As a Maori in Aotearoa/NZ this is an important part of everyday life ...

I think the Maori language is beautiful and I think it's important that all children learn the basics at school,...

To connect with the people, land and language of Aotearoas ancestors...

I respect Maori people as tangata whenua of this land and the language as their identity and taonga just l...

I would love to speak te reo...

Because I am Māori and I work in the Māori freshwater space...

Having pride in one of our official languages of Aoteoroa...

Recognising that the Maori language is the language and culture of the Country I live in...

The Reo is a part of who I am, it is our history, it is the first language for our...

I want to learn more te reo and really like this idea...

Because we need to enhance Te Reo Maori more in our country...

Sir James Henare- the language is the core of our Māori culture and mana...

I am taking part because I want to make a change...

Hei whakanuia i tōku reo, i tōku tuakiri ...

WE want to encourage our tamariki to learn maori and be part of a movement...

Because I was not brought up with the reo and am a grandmother,great grandmother and no longer want to feel...

The best way to preserve our beautiful indigenous languages is to learn it and use it, every day...

To be apart of the kaupapa to celebrate our language ...

Ki Te Ako tonu i Te reo maori...

It's an important part of calling Aotearoa home and, as a Pakeha, it helps me to connect to, respect and...

To help them celebrate maori...

I've recently started to learn te reo and have only just realised how much this means to my sense of...

it is important to me to take part as i am of Maori decent and I have a passion for...

Te Reo Maori is a taonga and a beautiful gift to be honoured...

Me akona i te reo Māori i roto i Aotearoa!...

To actively participate in being a New Zealander ...

Just keen to learn...

Because I am Maori and we need to celebrate that every day not just one week of the year :)...

To pass on my knowlegde to my son make sure hes grows up with the same guildlines and respect for...

I've very proud to be a New Zealander and learning about Māori culture (of which te reo is key) is...

This is important as it is part of...

Because as a Maori...

We are in partnership with Te tiriti O Waitangi , it is important for it to be a art of...

To whakanui the reo...

Doing my part to ensure our Ao survives for our mokopuna...

I have the time now to learn...

Kia whakanuia te Reo Māori!...

I am maori women working in a cultural whanau worker role...

I believe that learning te reo Māori is the most important way that pākehā and other ethnicities can build deep...

Kia kaha te reo!...

So that I can learn the National language of New Zealand...

Ki te pupuritia tonu tenei taonga o taatou...

So I can help show my children that it can be easy to use some Reo in everyday life...

Our whanau list our identity...

Efforts to keep Te Reo growing...

Have a basic grasp of the language...

I would like to see te reo Maori be more widely accepted and used in NZ - as our national...

Have been waiting for this to come since the mid 1980s when I first learned te reo...

New Zealand is a unique place with a unique culture...

I want to show respect to our founding culture and the best way I can do that is learn more...

I'd love for Te Reo to become more of a staple of NZ's everyday dialect...

Te Reo Māori is a national taonga, and I want to actively participate in the celebration of te reo Māori...

I've always wanted to speak Te Reo fluently...

Te Ao Maori is woven into the cultural fabric of who we are and everything we do...

To keep Te Reo Māori alive & to appreciate the culture indigenous to this land...

To learn more about my whakapapa...

Te Ao Māori is beautiful and as a Pākehā we have done a lot of damage to it...

I am a Niuean born in Aotearoa and I feel so connected to the people, to the land, the love...

Because my teacher made me, i mean told me this was happening...

When you learn a language, you also learn about the culture of that language—it's important to preserve our te reo...

Because te reo Māori is a living language and we need to be using it as much as possible, especially...

Awhi tamariki ...

No te mea ka whai mokopuna ahau...

We love using Maori in our daily language and learning about Papatunuku...

to help build our movement for Reo inclusion for our entire society...

Because I had no choice...

To nurture our reo so that it may flourish for many generations to come...

Te Reo is our national language and I need to learn more ...

Always keen to Tautoko Kaupapa Maori, Tu Maori Mai 👀...

#Samestorydifferentva'a...

BECAUSE...

Soak in all the knowledge ...

It's who I am, a King Country born and breed, Tapu Toa Wahine!...

Te reo is our language & we should all learn it...

Te Puni Kōkiri is a proud partner in the Maihi Karauna...

because we owe it to our ancestors and to our future generations to learn!...

Ko te reo te mauri o te Mana Māori...

We would like to learn everday Te Reo words that we can use at the workshop...

To learn, teach and pass on Te Reo Māori to everyone in Aotearoa and beyond...

My children...

Kia haapai i te oranga tonutanga o too taatou reo...

The language will be lost if we wait too long andmy mokos will need it, more than I do, I...

Na taku aroha ki tōku reo te take!...