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.

https://tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/en/online-resources/

Pronunciation can be tricky. Here are two ‘go-to’ sites which give clear pronunciation examples for everyday words:

New Zealand History

https://nzhistory.govt.nz/culture/maori-language-week/100-maori-words

Māori dictionary – useful for any Māori word.

https://maoridictionary.co.nz/

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.

Greetings:

Informal

Kia ora – hello any number of people

Kia ora kōrua – hello to two people

Kia ora koutou – hello to three or more people 

Formal

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)

Endings:

Informal

Ngā manaakitanga – With best wishes

Ngā mihi – Regards

Hei āpōpō – See you tomorrow

Formal

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)

 

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