Greetings in Te Reo Māori


NB:  the flashcard app doesn’t allow for macrons so I’ve doubled the vowel where a macron would usually show where the stress should go.


A couple of things to note is that when you address someone by their name, if their name is a Māori name and it has no more than one long or two short vowels then you will need to add an ‘e’ in front of the name (personal names only).   If it’s not a Māori name the ‘e’ is not added.

Kia ora e Pita.  Hello Peter.  Kia ora May.  

This also applies if you use a term of address (such as ‘friend – e hoa, grandad – e koro, young man – e tama etc)  that it has no more than one long or two short vowels. 

Kia ora e kare.  Heloo (intimate) friend.  Kia ora e kui.  Hello Nan (or an older lady)

Plus, if you are greeting more than one person and you also want to include a term of address then you will also need to add the word ‘mā’.  Tēna koutou, e hoa mā.  Hi my friends (3+)  Tēna kōrua, tamariki mā.

  • Hello! (thank you)
    Kia ora!
  • Hello (1 person)
    Teenaa koe
  • Hello (2 people)
    Teenaa koorua
  • Hello (3+ people)
    Teenaa koutou
  • you
  • you two
  • you all 3+
  • Hello Mary.
    Teenaa koe e Mere.
  • Hello Sarah
    Teena koe e Hera.
  • Hello Nan.
    Teenaa koe e kui.
  • Hello Janet.
    Teenaa koe Janet.
  • used for a friend
    e hoa
  • used for an older man
    e koro
  • used for an intimate friend
    e kare
  • used for a boy or young man
    e tama
  • used for a girl or young lady
    e hine
  • Hello uncle.
    Teenaa matua.
  • Hello my (2) friends.
    "Teenaa koorua, e hoa maa."
  • Hello kids.
    "Teenaa koutou, tamariki maa."
  • Where are you from?
    Noo hea koe?
  • Where do you live now?
    Kei hea too kainga inaaianei?
  • What's your last name?
    Ko wai too ingoa whaanau?
  • morning
  • afternoon
  • night
    poo (said poh)
  • good morning
    "ata maarie, moorena"
  • good afternoon
    ahiahi maarie
  • good evening / night
    poo (poh) maarie
  • good bye
    ka kite
  • see you later / again
    ka kita anoo
  • see you later
    maa te waa
  • goodbye (if others are leaving)
    haere raa
  • goodbye (if you're leaving)
    e noho raa
  • How are you? (1 person)
    Kei te peehea koe?
  • kei te
    present tense indicator
  • how
  • you
  • How are you Charlie?
    "Kei te peehea koe, Charlie?"
  • How are you? (Waikato)
    E peewhea ana koe?
  • How are you? (Ngaati Porou)
    Kei (kai) te aha koe?
  • How are you both?
    Kei te peehea koorua?
  • How are you all?
    Kei te peehea koutou?
  • I'm good.
    Kei te pai au.
  • I'm great.
    Ka nui te pai.
  • I'm well.
    Kei te ora ahau.
  • I'm sick.
    Kei te maauiui au.
  • I'm tired.
    Kei te ngenge au.
  • I'm tired. (optiion 2)
    E ngenge ana ahau.
  • I'm hungry.
    Kei te hiakai au.
  • Just the same.
    Kei te peeraa tonu.
  • "very, really"
  • I'm very well.
    Kei te tino pai au.
  • I'm really sick.
    Kei te tino maauiui au.
  • I'm really tired.
    Kei te tino ngenge au.
  • I'm really hungry.
    Kei te tino hiakai au.
  • And you?
    Me koe (hoki)?
  • And you two?
    Me koorua (hoki)?
  • And you guys? 3+
    Me koutou (hoki)?
  • Greet each person.
    Mihi atu ki ia tangata.
  • Greet John.
    Mihi atu ki a Hone.
  • Ask each person ...
    Paatai atu ki ia tangata.