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Maori Greetings and Signoffs for Letters and Emails PDF

Māori greetings and signoffs for letters and emails

Greetings
Formal letter or email:

Tēnā koe (Name)                         Dear (Name) — greeting one person.

Tēnā kōrua                                 Greeting two people. Don’t insert the names.

Tēnā koutou                                Greeting three or more people.

Informal letter or email:
(Note: kia ora can mean hello, good morning, good afternoon and thank you)

Kia ora                                       Hello any number of people

Kia ora kōrua                              Hello to two people

Kia ora koutou                             Hello to three of more people

Mōrena or Ata mārie                    Good morning


Other

Ngā mihi                                     Thank you

Ngā mihi nui                                Thank you very much
Ngā mihi maioha                          Thank you with appreciation

Aroha mai                                   Sorry, I’m sorry, my apologies

Kei te pēhea koe?                        How are you? (one person)

Kei te pēhea kōrua?                     How are you? (two people)

Kei te pēhea koutou?                    How are you? (three or more people)

Kei te pai                                    I’m well        

Kei te tino pai                              I’m very well
Kia manahau!                              Enjoy!
Ka mau te wehi!                          Awesome! Fantastic!

Mere Kirihimete                           Merry Christmas

 

Signoffs

Nā                                            From

Nāku, nā                                    Yours faithfully

Nāku iti noa, nā                          Yours sincerely

Ngā mihi                                    Kind regards or thank you

Ngā mihi nui                               Kind regards (with more emphasis on gratitude)

Hei konā mai                              Goodbye for now

Mā te wā                                    Bye for now, see you later

Noho ora mai                              Stay well, look after yourself, good bye

Kia pai tō rā                                Have a nice day

Kia pai tō kōrua rā                       Have a nice day (two people)

Kia pai tō koutou rā                     Have a nice day (three or more people)

Kia pai tō rā whakatā                   Have a great weekend!


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