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'

 

I want to discover my sense of identity, and feel closer to my ancestry, my whanau...

Te reo Māori is a national language of Aotearoa and every person in this country should be able to speak...

It's important for me to take part and actively engage and promote the use of reo Māori in the workplace...

To celebrate and experience joy through using one of our national languages, a language that is connected to our people,...

I learn te reo Māori as it was the first human language of our whenua...

Mai mai te reo ketekete i te whenua, te reo au i ngā pūkerekere hau, te reo kaha i te...

Nōku te reo, nō ōku tūpuna ki au, ki aku tamariki...

Because I care about our nation and our culture...

Because it’s my kaupapa...

Get acquainted with the Maori culture...

Because I am Maori, to embrace out tupuna matauranga, & weave into our lifes in 2020...

E hiahia ana au ki te tautoko tēnei kaupapa hei tohu ki te ao whānui o te whakahirahiratanga o tō...

to just have fun...

Because I want to learn more about my maori history and learn more reo...

Because it represents the land in which we live in!...

Because I am obligated to serve my language as it has done ten-fold for myself...

To be a role model for students to have bicultural teaching practice!...

He taonga te reo, our reo is a treasure and the key to the world of our tipuna!...

I want to be more confident in speaking, understanding and using te reo Māori...

So that I can act as an ally under Te Tiriti ō Waitangi as a Pakeha...

Want to share NZs unique heritage, culture and language...

To learn, understand and embrace Maori Culture...

Normalising chatting in te reo Maori daily draws us together as New Zealanders ...

I come from India which is a land of many languages...

It’s time to recognise the privilege I have with speaking my reo...

I am a fourth generation Indian South African and my language heritage has suffered such that my children are unable...

I'm continually improving my reo, so want to commit to that...

I am an immigrant - I want to increase my sense of belonging to my new homeland...

Because if we do not celebrate what makes us unique, we lose sight of how large the world is, the...

I feel that the language and culture of Maori is so important to the DNA of Aotearoa...

I am a citizen of a country defined by Te tiriti the country is a tale of two peoples -...

It is part of being a Kiwi...

because i think it is important not to lose the te reo language...

A native speaker of English who struggles to learn any other language...

unique culture...

It's my whakapapa!...

I am a Australian married to a maori man with 3 maori children...

Te Reo Maori is a precious NZ taonga and it is a joy to protect, speak and tautoku...

As part of our work in kindergarten it is important for us to promote te reo Maori and other bicultural...

Maori is an official language of Aotearoa and I am ignorant...

As an immigrant I had to find new roots in beautiful Aotearoa and learning to speak Māori is a way...

As a Pākehā with a longstanding personal and professional commitment to social justice I believe it is important that I...

In due time, my commitment to a New Zealander partner will become a commitment to his country...

Being welsh language is such an important part of your identity and the history of a country...

because my whole school is doing it, because i like to participate and because it is fun!...

He taonga tuku iho te reo nē!...

I’m a kiwi, I believe te reo Maori is an important part of that...

I believe it is essential that we truly become bilingual in Aotearoa...

To acknowledge the differences we have but to reiterate we are one, homo sapiens...

I feel as a nation we have become far better embracing and sharing in Maori culture and giving people confidence...

I like this idea...

I think te reo maori is an important part of our culture that we must preserve...

He taonga te reo i tuku iho mai i nga matua tupuna...

To embrace our kiwi culture and take part in something big...

l am of the generation where my parents and grandparents spoke te reo in our home all the time and...

To celebrate what it us to be a New Zealander...

I feel the older I get its something I think alot about and wish I could understand the language more...

Being Maori...

Its important to keep our reo alive and to share and learn our knowledge ...

We're in Aotearoa New Zealand and it's important we try and learn the language as otherwise it might struggle into...

This is my country; this is our reo that we celebrate...

It is important to value all things Maori and to encourage non Maori to participate and gain knowledge and understanding...

We want to embrace and take part of this wonderful historical event...

Because I should I am a Maori...

He Māori ahau...

Growing up in a predominantly paheka farming community, I didnt know who I was or who I connected with...

because its been a long time coming...

Maori is a beautiful language...

All NZers should be bilingual, ...

The team at Health Hawke's Bay feel it is important to celebrate the beautiful language that is Māori...

To be able to understand what is being said and to learn how to say words correctly...

To revitalize our reo Rangatira for our people and the next generation...

I would like to learn more about my culture and language...

A beautiful langauage and culture that is part of our country and we do not want to loose!...

I think it is vitally important te reo stays a living, active language in NZ...

To be a good Tiriti partner...

I am Maaori and citizen of NZ...

Link to live today...

As a school we want to support our tamariki, whanau & local iwi in reviving Te Reo Maori and helping...

te reo Māori is a beautiful language, and I hope it makes a massive resurgence in my lifetime...

It's a significant part of New Zealand's culture...

I started my Reo journey at the beginning of this year...

Kia whakaora ai te reo Māori i te ao Ōpaki :) ...

Learning Te Reo has been my goal for a long time...

i would love to learn the language living in NZ...

I would like to understand whaikorero at the marae and speak with my whanau in te reo...

Love Maori language!...

maori...

Māori kaupapa is important to be a part of...

Maori is deeply rooted in its language, culture and heritage, people of this land...

As New Zealanders we should all embrace the uniqueness of Aotearoa...

As a pākehā resident of Aotearoa New Zealand, I feel it is extremely important for me to play my part...

It's such a lovely language and deserves to be heard more...

Because it's part of our heritage as NZers...

To protect and honour our past and future ...

It's important to keep our unique culture and language alive...

Māori language is such an import part of keeping Māori tikanga alive and thriving...

I enjoy speaking te reo Māori and I want my baby too also!...

Coming from Ireland I strongly believe in the importance of protecting language as a part of culture...

I am hapu at the moment and have a 20month old daughter...