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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Ki te hapai ki te whakarauora ai i te reo...

Ki te hapai ki te whakarauora ai i te reo...

To feel stronger, confident and belong...

To feel stronger, confident and belong...

My love for my hapū, marae, maunga, awa, papkāinga, tūpuna and whānau drives me...

My love for my hapū, marae, maunga, awa, papkāinga, tūpuna and whānau drives me...

Because I am Maori, I live at home next to my marae and under the shadows of my maunga...

Because I am Maori, I live at home next to my marae and under the shadows of my maunga...

to show that I care for the Moari culture...

to show that I care for the Moari culture...

My Grandparents were stripped away their right to speak Te Reo which then went down to my parents skipped me and now I want to make sure that my children know where they are from and who they are as being a Native to Aotearoa...

My Grandparents were stripped away their right to speak Te Reo which then went down to my parents skipped me and now I want to make sure that my children know where they are from and who they are as being a Native to Aotearoa...

Te Reo Māori is a beautiful language, unique to Aotearoa...

Te Reo Māori is a beautiful language, unique to Aotearoa...

A way for me to connect with my home and fellow Kiwi's and learn more about the Maori culture and way of living...

A way for me to connect with my home and fellow Kiwi's and learn more about the Maori culture and way of living...

I want to encourage using te reo as everyday language...

I want to encourage using te reo as everyday language...

It is important for our tamariki to learn about an official language of Aotearoa...

It is important for our tamariki to learn about an official language of Aotearoa...

To preserve the language and culture is important to me...

To preserve the language and culture is important to me...

Te reo Māori is the language of our native people/ancestors which is important to keep alive...

Te reo Māori is the language of our native people/ancestors which is important to keep alive...

"He Taonga Tuku Iho!...

"He Taonga Tuku Iho!...

Recognising the culture of our homeland and shared history ...

Recognising the culture of our homeland and shared history ...

For my children, I want to role model the desire to live in a more inclusive NZ...

For my children, I want to role model the desire to live in a more inclusive NZ...

We are choosing to make te reo Maori more normalised in our school community where children are exposed to it on a daily basis!...

We are choosing to make te reo Maori more normalised in our school community where children are exposed to it on a daily basis!...

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori...

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori...

Who would have thought!...

Who would have thought!...

Keep our Te reo alive...

Keep our Te reo alive...

Show the respect to Te Reo Maori...

Show the respect to Te Reo Maori...

Nā runga anō i taku raukuratanga e tika ana kia whai wā ki te kōrero, ki te tautoko i tēnei kaupapa...

Nā runga anō i taku raukuratanga e tika ana kia whai wā ki te kōrero, ki te tautoko i tēnei kaupapa...

To help raise awareness for our language and culture...

To help raise awareness for our language and culture...

To keep Te Reo alive and to acknowledge our heritage, which includes this beautiful language...

To keep Te Reo alive and to acknowledge our heritage, which includes this beautiful language...

It's important because we need to acknowledge and pay respect to Tangata Whenua...

It's important because we need to acknowledge and pay respect to Tangata Whenua...

I want to be able to learn to pronounce places correctly and understand some of the meaning behind the names...

I want to be able to learn to pronounce places correctly and understand some of the meaning behind the names...

Learning te reo is important for anyone living in this land for it is the first language of te tangata whenua whose manaakitanga is the basis of all the rest of us being able to live here...

Learning te reo is important for anyone living in this land for it is the first language of te tangata whenua whose manaakitanga is the basis of all the rest of us being able to live here...

To be part of Aotearoa...

To be part of Aotearoa...

Te Reo Māori is native and unique language focus on the inclusion...

Te Reo Māori is native and unique language focus on the inclusion...

Mana motuhake o tatou Maaoritanga x...

Mana motuhake o tatou Maaoritanga x...

Ko taaku me kōrero i te reo i ngā wā katoa hei aha te "moment" anake, kia kore rawa to tātau reo e mahue...

Ko taaku me kōrero i te reo i ngā wā katoa hei aha te "moment" anake, kia kore rawa to tātau reo e mahue...

To be United by different civilizations...

To be United by different civilizations...

My friends in NZ spoke to me about Te Reo Week...

My friends in NZ spoke to me about Te Reo Week...

Want to learn te reo and share it with family and friends...

Want to learn te reo and share it with family and friends...

Māori is a beautiful language and is an important part of the kiwi identity and culture...

Māori is a beautiful language and is an important part of the kiwi identity and culture...

its important to my DNA...

its important to my DNA...

Because it is about keeping our language alive and connecting to our whakapapa...

Because it is about keeping our language alive and connecting to our whakapapa...

Drive are nga tamariki, mokopuna tuatahi/tuarua...

Drive are nga tamariki, mokopuna tuatahi/tuarua...

Mō aku tamariki ...

Mō aku tamariki ...

Because we believe that language is the life essence and sustenance of a culture!...

Because we believe that language is the life essence and sustenance of a culture!...

My ancestors were leaders of the armed constabulary which invaded Parihaka in 1881...

My ancestors were leaders of the armed constabulary which invaded Parihaka in 1881...

He Māori ahau...

He Māori ahau...

Te Reo is our language, it is our heritage...

Te Reo is our language, it is our heritage...

Te Reo is what makes Aotearoa unique and it's a language we should all try to learn...

Te Reo is what makes Aotearoa unique and it's a language we should all try to learn...

i want to leran more maori...

i want to leran more maori...

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I have my own cultural ties and language that I speak (Welsh) so view this as an extension of my own responsibility and obligations to the language and culture of my adopted country...

I have my own cultural ties and language that I speak (Welsh) so view this as an extension of my own responsibility and obligations to the language and culture of my adopted country...

Embrace our culture...

Embrace our culture...

I want to be part of the revival of te reo Māori and see the language thrive across Aotearoa...

I want to be part of the revival of te reo Māori and see the language thrive across Aotearoa...

I'm interested in the Maori langauge and keen to feel integrated with the culture in Aotearoa...

I'm interested in the Maori langauge and keen to feel integrated with the culture in Aotearoa...

ko Te reo Maori ki ahau he taonga...

ko Te reo Maori ki ahau he taonga...

As one of the official languages of New Zealand I believe it is important to learn the language...

As one of the official languages of New Zealand I believe it is important to learn the language...

It is important for me to take part to celebrate the culture in my classroom sharing my knowledge with other kaiako and tamariki...

It is important for me to take part to celebrate the culture in my classroom sharing my knowledge with other kaiako and tamariki...

To me its to keep the culture growing...

To me its to keep the culture growing...

Ko te reo kia rere - kia rongo i te reo Māori e rere tika ana ki ngā tõpito katoa, ao mai põ mai - tuatahi ki Aotearoa, tuarua ki te ao...

Ko te reo kia rere - kia rongo i te reo Māori e rere tika ana ki ngā tõpito katoa, ao mai põ mai - tuatahi ki Aotearoa, tuarua ki te ao...

Because I'm proud to be from Aotearoa and it's imperative that we learn to korero mai...

Because I'm proud to be from Aotearoa and it's imperative that we learn to korero mai...

Because it's a part of our unique and collective heritage...

Because it's a part of our unique and collective heritage...

To further celebrate and strengthen te reo in our school...

To further celebrate and strengthen te reo in our school...

It is important for me to take part to learn connection and to be able to understand / speak te reo Maori when needed...

It is important for me to take part to learn connection and to be able to understand / speak te reo Maori when needed...

I have lived in several different countries, and always tried to learn some of the local language...

I have lived in several different countries, and always tried to learn some of the local language...

I am an immigrant to NZ, and it would be very helpful to take part and understand the culture of NZ...

I am an immigrant to NZ, and it would be very helpful to take part and understand the culture of NZ...

Mā tā tātou uri whakatipu , koinā te mea nui ki tōku...

Mā tā tātou uri whakatipu , koinā te mea nui ki tōku...

believe that everyone in NZ should at least know a few words and the language should always be encouraged and it should be compulsory to be taught in all primary schools...

believe that everyone in NZ should at least know a few words and the language should always be encouraged and it should be compulsory to be taught in all primary schools...

To gain greater understanding and knowledge ...

To gain greater understanding and knowledge ...

We are honouring the language and first people of this land Aotearoa...

We are honouring the language and first people of this land Aotearoa...

Te Reo Maori describes all beyond what Te Reo Pakeha can do...

Te Reo Maori describes all beyond what Te Reo Pakeha can do...

I believe in a bi-cultural society for New Zealand, so it is important to have Te Reo Maori represented as a local language for all residents...

I believe in a bi-cultural society for New Zealand, so it is important to have Te Reo Maori represented as a local language for all residents...

To show our connection to the history, language and culture of New Zealand,and the importance we place on this in our ECE service...

To show our connection to the history, language and culture of New Zealand,and the importance we place on this in our ECE service...

Ko aku tamariki no Te Arawa...

Ko aku tamariki no Te Arawa...

I don´t want to see Maori language go extinct...

I don´t want to see Maori language go extinct...

BEcause I believe our Reo needs to be revived in our country...

BEcause I believe our Reo needs to be revived in our country...

So people hear this wonderful language more...

So people hear this wonderful language more...

I am Māori...

I am Māori...

To promote the use of Te Reo Language...

To promote the use of Te Reo Language...

Te Reo is an Integral part of my life,and as a second language learn er, I know how much it meant to have kaumatua/ Kuia support me in my search...

Te Reo is an Integral part of my life,and as a second language learn er, I know how much it meant to have kaumatua/ Kuia support me in my search...

It is important to me as I feel disconnected to my culture by not being able to converse in our language...

It is important to me as I feel disconnected to my culture by not being able to converse in our language...

Kia ako o tātou tamariki Māori ki te kōrero Māori, ā, ki maia tēnā ki tēnā ahakoa te iti...

Kia ako o tātou tamariki Māori ki te kōrero Māori, ā, ki maia tēnā ki tēnā ahakoa te iti...

As someone who is Maori I think it is incredibly important to showcase and be proud of your culture...

As someone who is Maori I think it is incredibly important to showcase and be proud of your culture...

Te reo is integral to our country and should be proudly and frequently used...

Te reo is integral to our country and should be proudly and frequently used...

I am so proud of my Māori heritage and I need to honour it properly...

I am so proud of my Māori heritage and I need to honour it properly...

As a student teacher that is from Canada it is important for me to learn so that I can bring Te Reo into my future classroom...

As a student teacher that is from Canada it is important for me to learn so that I can bring Te Reo into my future classroom...

I want to celebrate and honour Aotearoa and their ancestors - who are distant cousins of my own Tahitian ancestors...

I want to celebrate and honour Aotearoa and their ancestors - who are distant cousins of my own Tahitian ancestors...

Mo aku mokopuna, Mo te Whanau, Hapu, Iwi, Mo te Hapori, Mo te Ao Katoa...

Mo aku mokopuna, Mo te Whanau, Hapu, Iwi, Mo te Hapori, Mo te Ao Katoa...

To be fluent in te reo Maori has always been a dream of mine...

To be fluent in te reo Maori has always been a dream of mine...

It's important to know the official language of the country, including Sign Language too...

It's important to know the official language of the country, including Sign Language too...

Maori language and culture is an important part of NZ which used to be punished and has dwindled...

Maori language and culture is an important part of NZ which used to be punished and has dwindled...

Te Reo Māori is the first language of NZ, we all have a part to play to use and understand it ...

Te Reo Māori is the first language of NZ, we all have a part to play to use and understand it ...

To help with my own korero maori and maybe encourage more pakeha to be engaged and not whakama in giving te reo maori a go 😊...

To help with my own korero maori and maybe encourage more pakeha to be engaged and not whakama in giving te reo maori a go 😊...

It is what makes us unique as New Zealanders...

It is what makes us unique as New Zealanders...

It’s important for me to take part because I don’t know as much te reo as a should and as I would like to...

It’s important for me to take part because I don’t know as much te reo as a should and as I would like to...

I grew up feeling really distant from my culture, and now that I’m in my 30’s I really want to reconnect- starting with my Reo...

I grew up feeling really distant from my culture, and now that I’m in my 30’s I really want to reconnect- starting with my Reo...

Lots of whys ...

Lots of whys ...

Interested to know about Maori culture, and NZ traditional culture, and learn the language ...

Interested to know about Maori culture, and NZ traditional culture, and learn the language ...

When we all went into lockdown my whānau started doing Daily karakia and although as a child I was surrounded by Maori I am not confident to join in and participate and my promise to myself Is to get confident to speak and one day when I am a mum I don’t Māori to be foreign to my tamariki while here in Australia...

When we all went into lockdown my whānau started doing Daily karakia and although as a child I was surrounded by Maori I am not confident to join in and participate and my promise to myself Is to get confident to speak and one day when I am a mum I don’t Māori to be foreign to my tamariki while here in Australia...

I am Australian born and have lived in Aotearoa for nearly 40 years...

I am Australian born and have lived in Aotearoa for nearly 40 years...

Te Reo Maaori keeps me connected to my whakapapa and my Tuupuna...

Te Reo Maaori keeps me connected to my whakapapa and my Tuupuna...

so great to be able to show our support for our nation's first language...

so great to be able to show our support for our nation's first language...

We are from New Zealand, and it's important we acknowledge and learn all all that entails, a big part of that is Māori...

We are from New Zealand, and it's important we acknowledge and learn all all that entails, a big part of that is Māori...

Because it is important we honour the spirit of the treaty and the bi-cultural nature of our society, embracing the Tikanga of Maori to strengthen our society as a whole...

Because it is important we honour the spirit of the treaty and the bi-cultural nature of our society, embracing the Tikanga of Maori to strengthen our society as a whole...

Because it's cool!...

Because it's cool!...

Te Reo Māori is our official spoken language and is a vital taonga...

Te Reo Māori is our official spoken language and is a vital taonga...