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

Inquiring Question

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.