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).

Englishte Reo Māori (Māori)
WelcomeHaere mai / Nau mai
HelloKia 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 seeHe 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 morningKia ora, Ata mārie, Mōrena
Good afternoon/evening Kia ora
Good nightPō mārie
GoodbyeE noho rā (said by person leaving)
E haere rā (said by person staying)
Hei kona rā (inf)
Good luckKia waimarie
Cheers/Good health!Mauri ora! Kia ora!
Have a nice dayKia pai tō rā
Bon appetitKia mākona
Bon voyageKia pai te haere
I don't understandKaore au e mārama / Aroha mai
Please speak more slowlyTēnā koa*, āta kōrero
Please say that againTēnā koa*, kōrero mai anō
Please write it downTuhia (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?
SorryArohaina 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 youKei te aroha au ki a koe
Get well soonKia 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 EasterNgā mihi o te Aranga
Happy BirthdayRā Whānau ki a Koe!
One language is never enoughKore 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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