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Māori phrases

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Formal letter or email

Tēnā koe (Name)Dear (Name) greeting one person
Tēnā kōruaGreeting two people. Don't insert the names
Tēnā koutouGreeting three or more people
Tēnā koutou katoaSalutations to you all
Tēnā tātou katoaSalutations to each and all of us
Ata mārieGood morning
Ngā mihi o te ataGood morning (greetings of the morning)
Ngā mihi o te rāGood day
Ngā mihi o te pōGood night
Mōata rauGood morning (a more traditional greeting)

Informal letter or email

Kia ora can mean hello, good morning, good afternoon and thank you

Kia oraHello any number of people
Kia ora kōruaHello to two people
Kia ora koutouHello to three of more people
MōrenaGood morning
Nau mai haere maiWelcome


Ngā mihiGreetings, Thank you
Ngā mihi nuiThank you very much
Ngā mihi maiohaThank you with appreciation
Aroha maiSorry, I'm sorry, my apologies
Kei te pēhea koe?How are you? (one person)
Kei te pēhea kōrua?How are you? (two people)
Kei te pēhea koutou?How are you? (three or more people)
Kei te paiI'm well
Kei te tino paiI'm very well
Kia manahau!Enjoy!
Ka mau te wehi!Awesome! Fantastic!
Mere KirihimeteMerry Christmas

Farewells, signoffs


Ka kite anōSee you again
Mā te wāBye for now, see you later
Hei te wā tītokiGoodbye, I'll see you sometime in the future


E noho rāGoodbye, said to someone who is staying
Haere rāGoodbye, said to someone who is going
Haere tū atu, hoki tū maiGo well and return in good health, have a safe trip
Hei konā maiGoodbye for now, to someone who is leaving
Hei konei rāFarewell, said to someone who is staying
Hei konāFarewell, said to someone leaving
Kia pai tō rāHave a nice day
Kia pai to rā /pōHave a good day / night
Kia pai tō kōrua rāHave a nice day (two people)
Kia pai tō koutou rāHave a nice day (three or more people)
Kia pai tō rā whakatāHave a great weekend!
Nāku, nāYours faithfully
Nāku iti noa, nāYours sincerely
Ngā mihiKind regards or thank you
Ngā mihi nuiKind regards (with more emphasis on gratitude)
Noho ora maiStay well, look after yourself, good bye
MaurioraGood health
Noho ora mai rāFarewell (I leave you in good health)
Kia ora maiGo well
Pō marieGood night


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