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From 10-16 September it is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – Māori Language Week

Ko te kaupapa i tēnei tau ko ‘Kia Kaha te Reo Māori (the theme this year is ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’).

We are encouraging the community to try introducing a little bit of te reo Māori into their day.

Council is supporting a number of activities and initiatives, including colouring competitions (you can download this below), ordering your coffee in Māori, or just sharing kupu (words) of the day on our Facebook page.

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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Activities

Maori Activities


Easy ways to say hello or goodbye in Māori


Tēnā koe (Name)                        Dear (Name) — greeting one person.

Tēnā kōrua                                 Greeting two people. Don’t insert the names.

Tēnā koutou                               Greeting three or more people.

Kia ora                                        Hello any number of people

Mōrena or Ata mārie                   Good morning

Note: kia ora can mean hello, good morning, good afternoon and thank you. So it’s a super easy word to learn as you can use it in lots of different situations!


Nāku, nā                                       Yours faithfully

Nāku iti noa, nā                            Yours sincerely

Ngā mihi                                       Kind regards or thank you

Mā te wā                                      Bye for now, see you later

Noho ora mai                                Stay well, look after yourself, good bye

Kia pai tō rā whakatā                    Have a great weekend!

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