Ngā Mihi - Greetings

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.

Greetings

Kia ora
Hi
Tēnā koe
Hello (to one person)
Tēnā kōrua
Hello (to two people)
Tēnā koutou
Hello (to three or more people)

Inquiring Question

Kei te pēhea koe?
How are you?

Responses

Kei te pai ahau
I’m good
Ka nui te ora
I’m great
Me koe?
And you?

Farewells

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 interactive conversations.

Or find out about Māori protocol like for visiting a marae or meeting house.

You can also join the online Māori Language Club.