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Useful Māori phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Māori. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

Guide to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, sg = singular (to one person), dl = dual (to two people), pl = plural (to three or more people).

English te Reo Māori (Māori)
Welcome Haere mai / Nau mai
Hello Kia ora, Kia ora rā kōrua (dl) Kia ora koutou (pl)
Tēnā koe (sg/frm) Tēnā kōrua (dl/frm) Tēnā koutou (pl/frm)
How are you?
I'm fine, thanks. And you?
Kei te pēhea koe?
Kei te pai
Long time no see He roa te wā kua kitea
What's your name?
My name is ...
Ko wai tōu ingoa?
Ko ... ahau
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Nō hea koe?
Nō ... ahau
Good morning Kia ora, Ata mārie, Mōrena
Good afternoon/evening Kia ora
Good night Pō mārie
Goodbye E noho rā (said by person leaving)
E haere rā (said by person staying)
Hei kona rā (inf)
Good luck Kia waimarie
Cheers/Good health! Mauri ora! Kia ora!
Have a nice day Kia pai tō rā
Bon appetit Kia mākona
Bon voyage Kia pai te haere
I don't understand Kaore au e mārama / Aroha mai
Please speak more slowly Tēnā koa*, āta kōrero
Please say that again Tēnā koa*, kōrero mai anō
Please write it down Tuhia (koa)
Do you speak Māori?
Yes, a little
He reo Māori tōu?
Āe, he iti
How do you say ... in Māori? He aha te kupu Māori mō ...?
Excuse me/Sorry Arohaina mai
How much is this? He aha te utu?
Sorry Arohaina mai / Mō Taku Hē
Thank you usually expressed through rising intonation or Kia ora
Where's the toilet? Kei hea te wharepaku?
Would you like to dance with me? Ka Pīrangi koe ki te kanikani tahi tāua?
I love you Kei te aroha au ki a koe
Get well soon Kia piki te ora
Leave me alone! Haere atu!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Āwhina!
Ahi!
Kāti!
Be careful! Kia Tūpato!
Be quiet! Turituri!
Call the police! Waea atu ki te Pirihimana!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa
Happy Easter Ngā mihi o te Aranga
Happy Birthday Rā Whānau ki a Koe!
One language is never enough Kore rawa e rawaka te reo kotahi
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Kī tōnu taku waka topaki i te tuna

*Note: Tēnā koa (please) is not absolutely necessary in these phrases. Your tone of voice can express the same thing.

Translations and corrections from Tamati Taylor and Fern Jenkins

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

Information about the Māori language | Māori phrases | Tower of Babel in Māori | Māori learning materials

Links

Other collections of Māori phrases (some with audio)
http://www.korero.maori.nz/forlearners
http://www.maorilanguage.net/phrase_drills/
http://www.maori.org.nz/kotereo/ http://www.day12.com/phrasebook_maori.htm

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