In Māori culture greeting others is very important. It is an opportunity for people to show respect, through the language used and its accompanying actions, and the tone for the interaction is set. Whether the greeting is written or spoken, choosing the appropriate language is important.
Learning to greet people appropriately is key to communication success.
Hi / Kia ora
Hello (to one person) /Tēnā koe
Hello (to two people) / Tēnā kōrua
Hello (to three or more people) / Tēnā koutou
Kei te pēhea koe? / How are you?
Kei te pai ahau / I’m good
Ka nui te ora / I’m great
Me koe? / And you?
Haere rā / Goodbye (to someone leaving)
E noho rā / Goodbye (to someone staying)
Ka kite anō / See you again
Hei konā / See you later
Now that you have a general idea about greetings, try out our recordings of these phrases.