As well as blogging, Aotea Utanganui is on FaceBook; it’s a great way to connect with people, talk about upcoming events and showcase the many taonga in our collections. This year, Maori Language Week is also connectng with people on FaceBook, you can find them here.
Of course FaceBook is very casual, but somtimes the casual approach just isn’t good enough. In Māori culture greeting others is very important. It is an opportunity for people to show respect, through the language used and its accompanying actions, and the tone for the interaction is set. Whether the greeting is written or spoken, choosing the appropriate language is important. Here are some basic forms of greeting and farewell to get you started:
Kia ora – Hi
Tēnā koe – Hello (to one person)
Tēnā kōrua – Hello (to two people)
Tēnā koutou – Hello (to three or more people)
Kei te pēhea koe? – How are you?
Kei te pai ahau – I’m good
Ka nui te ora – I’m great
Me koe? – And you?
Haere rā – Goodbye (to someone leaving)
E noho rā – Goodbye (to someone staying)
Ka kite anō – See you again
Hei konā – See you later