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.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 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!