Te Reo / Maori language basics

Te Reo Māori is the indigenous language of Aotearoa, New Zealand. It is one of three official languages of the nation, the others being English and New Zealand Sign Language. The language itself is central to Māori culture, identity and forms part of the heritage of our country. It gained recognition as one of New Zealand's official languages in 1987.

New Zealand is a bilingual country and although Te Reo is not as widely spoken as English you might hear some of these words come up in conversation.

Māori English
Kia Ora Hello, goodbye, thank you
Haere Mai or Nau Mai Welcome
Manuhiri Guests or visitors
Wharenui Meeting place
Whanau (far-no) family
Hui meeting, conference
Āe Yes
Kāo No
Kame Food
Whare paku Toilet
Kei te pehea koe? How’s it going?
Ka Pai! Good job!
Hei konei ra See you later
Haere Ra Goodbye