Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori
This week marks the 44th year of celebrating Te Wiki o te Reo Māori | Māori Language Week.
As a professional communications agency we breathe language, and we think none is quite so beautiful as our own te reo Māori. We choose to embrace the beauty of te reo Māori everyday as part of our ordinary vernacular, but we understand that for some people it can be daunting.
It doesn’t have to be though – starting with introducing simple words into your written and verbal language can be as easy as a simple Kia ora – and there’s nothing more ‘kiwi’ than that. For those that want to go a bit deeper, there are a plethora of resources available. From the wonderful books of Scotty Morrison (Māori made easy, etc) and the free courses available throughout Aotearoa New Zealand at wānanga and polytechnics, there’s something for every level of ability and interest.
The Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) have created some gorgeous downloadable resources covering everything from pronunciation, through to everyday phrases and posters for your fridge.
Pronunciation can be tricky. Here are two ‘go-to’ sites which give clear pronunciation examples for everyday words:
New Zealand History
Māori dictionary – useful for any Māori word.
Te reo Māori for Business
If you’ve been thinking about introducing te reo Māori into your business, here are some simple steps you can easily implement
1. Incorporate te reo Māori greetings and ‘endings’ into emails
Instead of starting emails with ‘Dear’ or ‘Hi’, say Kia ora or try, Mōrena (good morning).
2. Change simple, common words
Children | tamariki
Family | whānau
Ka pai | good
Meeting | hui
Toilet | wharepaku
Work | mahi
3. Create some bilingual signage for meeting rooms, kitchens and bathrooms (don’t forget to check out the online resources link above for free downloads)
4. Introduce a phrase of the week at team meetings
The main thing is to just give it a go. Everyone has to start somewhere.
Whakauruamai hoki te reo Māori ki tōu ao | Welcome Māori language into your life.
Kia ora – hello any number of people
Kia ora kōrua – hello to two people
Kia ora koutou – hello to three or more people
Tēnā koe (name) – Dear (name) – greeting one person
Tēnā kōrua – greeting two people (don’t insert names)
Tēnā koutou – greeting three or more people (don’t insert names)
Ngā manaakitanga – With best wishes
Ngā mihi – Regards
Hei āpōpō – See you tomorrow
Nāku noa, nā – Yours sincerely (one signatory)
Nā māua noa, nā – Yours sincerely (two signatories)
Nā mātou noa, nā – Yours sincerely (three signatories)
Nāku, nā – Yours faithfully (one signatory)