Conversations - Greetings and Welcomes

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about te reo

  • te reo is one of the official languages of new zealand
  • ncea = national certificate in educational achievement (new zealand)
  • nzqa = new zealand qualification authority
  • level 1 = year 10 (circa 15 yr old learners)
  • level 2 = year 11 (circa 16 yr old learners)
  • level 3 = year 11 (circa 17 yr old learners)
  • for details on te reo maori ncea achievement standards [goto nzqa.govt.nz]


te reo greetings (14 sets of 12 terms or phrases)

id_no te reo english set_no
1 ngā mihi greetings 1
2 ata morning 1
3 e particle 1
4 e hine miss 1
5 e hoa friend 1
6 e kō hey … babe, darling – young girl 1
7 e koro hey … granddad – middle aged man (taitokerau) 1
8 e mara friend (northern districts) 1
9 e mara mā friends (northern districts) 1
10 e ono tamariki six children 1
11 e rima taitamariki five teenagers 1
12 e rua two 1
13 e rua ipo two sweethearts 2
14 e rua kui two woman 2
15 e rua mā two mothers 2
16 e rua mātua two parents 2
17 e rua moko two grandchildren 2
18 e rua whaea two mothers 2
19 e toru three 2
20 e toru mara three friends 2
21 e whā tāne four young men 2
22 ei hey 2
23 ei āniwaniwa hey … āniwaniwa 2
24 ei e ani hey … ann 2
25 ei e ani kōrua ko āniwaniwa hey … ann and āniwaniwa 3
26 ei e ani koutou ko āniwaniwa, ko rere hey … ann, āniwaniwa and rere 3
27 ei e hika hey … friend (eastern regions) 3
28 ei e hika mā hey … friends (eastern regions) 3
29 ei e hine mā hey … young women 3
30 ei e hoa mā friends 3
31 ei e kare hey … dear 3
32 ei e koro mā hey … old men 3
33 ei e mā hey … mother 3
34 ei e moko mā hey … grandchildren 3
35 ei e noti hey … mō te kōtiro (ncea list) 3
36 ei e pita hey …peter 3
37 ei e pita kōrua ko hirini hey …peter and sydney 4
38 ei e pita kōtou ko ānaru, ko hirini hey …peter, andrew and peter 4
39 ei e tama hey … son 4
40 ei e tama mā hey … (my special) young men 4
41 ei e tāne mā hey … young men 4
42 ei e te tāne hey … man, husband 4
43 ei hirini hey …sydney 4
44 ei taitamariki mā hey … teenagers 4
45 ei tamariki mā hey … all children 4
46 ei tamariki tāne hey … boys 4
47 ei tāne mā hey …young men 4
48 ētahi some 4
49 ētahi hine some young girls 5
50 ētahi hoa some friends 5
51 ētahi koro some middle aged men 5
52 haere come here 5
53 haere mai go towards/come here 5
54 haere mai ināianei come here now 5
55 haere mai ki a au come to me 5
56 haere mai ki konei come here by me 5
57 haere mai ki roto come inside 5
58 haramai come in, come in 5
59 haramai ki roto come inside 5
60 haramai ki waho come outside 5
61 he hika a friend 6
62 he kara a granddad 6
63 he kō a young woman 6
64 he māmā a mum 6
65 he matua kēkē an uncle 6
66 he pā a male teacher 6
67 he te tāne a husband 6
68 he whae a madam 6
69 he whāereere a wife 6
70 hikoi mai walk to me (taranaki) 6
71 cooee 6
72 hū e ipo cooee … sweetheart 6
73 hū e moko cooee… grandchild 7
74 inā see here 7
75 kare dear 7
76 katoa all 7
77 ki a koe to you (1) 7
78 ki a kōrua to you (2) 7
79 ki a koutou to you (3+) 7
80 ki a koutou katoa to you all 7
81 ki konei to here 7
82 kī mai ki a au tell me 7
83 kia ora hello 7
84 ko koe you 7
85 koa please 8
86 koe you (1) 8
87 kōrua you (2) 8
88 kōrua ko you (2) and 8
89 kotahi one 8
90 kotahi matua one father 8
91 kotahi noti one girl 8
92 kotahi pāpā one father 8
93 kotahi tama one son 8
94 koutou you (3+) 8
95 koutou ko you (3) and 8
96 kuhu come in 8
97 kuhu mai enter, come in 9
98 more than one 9
99 mai towards me 9
100 mihi greetings 9
101 nau welcome 9
102 nau mai haere mai welcome, come in 9
103 nau mai haere mai tahuti mai welcome, come in, weclome 9
104 nau mai haramai welcome, come in 9
105 nau mai kuhu mai welcome, come in 9
106 nau mai tomo mai welcome, come in 9
107 neke move here 9
108 neke mai move here 9
109 ngā the (plural) 10
110 ngā mihi greetings 10
111 ngā mihi mahana ki a koe warm greetings to you (1 other) 10
112 ngā mihi mahana ki a kōrua warm greetings to you both (2 others) 10
113 ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa warm greetings to you all (3+ others) 10
114 ngā mihi mahana o te rā warm greetings of the day 10
115 ngā mihi mahana o te wā warm greetings of the time 10
116 ngā mihi o te ata good morning 10
117 ngā mihi o te pō good evening 10
118 ngā mihi o te rā ki a koe good day … to you 10
119 ngā mihi o te wā the greetings of the time 10
120 ngā mihi o te wā ki a koe the greetings of the time … to you 10
121 ngā mihi o te wā ki a kōrua the greetings of the time … to you both 11
122 ngā mihi o te wā ki a koutou katoa the greetings of the time … to you all 11
123 o of 11
124 o te ata of the morning 11
125 o te pō of the evening 11
126 o te rā of the day 11
127 o te wā of the time 11
128 piki come here 11
129 piki mai climb in 11
130 evening 11
131 time 11
132 tahuti welcome 11
133 tahuti mai welcome 12
134 te the 12
135 tēnā now 12
136 tēnā koa excuse me, i beg your pardon 12
137 tēnā koa e kara excuse me…kaumatua (taitokerau) 12
138 tēnā koa e kui excuse me … old woman 12
139 tēnā koa e pā excuse me…sir - male teacher 12
140 tēnā koa e te tau excuse me … sweetheart 12
141 tēnā koa e whae excuse me … madam 12
142 tēnā koa matua kēkē excuse me … uncle 12
143 tēnā koa neke atu ki konā please move over there 12
144 tēnā koa neke mai ki konei please move over here next to me 12
145 tēnā koa whaea excuse me … mother 13
146 tēnā koa whaea kēkē excuse me … aunty 13
147 tēnā koe hello (to 1) 13
148 tēnā kōrua hello (to 2) 13
149 tēnā koutou hello (to 3+) 13
150 tēnā koutou katoa hello to all (to 3+) 13
151 titiro look 13
152 titiro mai look here 13
153 tomo come in 13
154 tomo mai come in 13
155 time 13
156 whaea kēkē aunty 13
157 whakarongo listen 14
158 whakarongo mai listen to me 14
159 14
160 14
161 14
162 14
163 14
164 14
165 14
166 14
167 14
168 14