14-20 September is Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, and the theme this year is 'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong'.

We can all get involved and make time to incorporate more reo Māori into our daily habits, during next week and throughout the year.

One easy way to start is to set up your computer for the correct use of macrons:

  1. From the start menu, open Settings & select ‘Time and Language’
  2. On the ‘Region & Language’ tab select ‘Add Language”, type in Māori and select. Then click on reo Māori and select ‘Set as Default’
  3. To confirm the Māori keyboard is enabled, look beside your battery icon in the system tray. ’MRI‘ is Māori.
  4. Once the Māori keyboard is installed and you want to add a macron, tap the ` key then the vowel you want. (The ` key is found top left under the Esc key or between the Alt and Ctrl keys at bottom right.)

This week is also a great time to practice your reo Māori… if you’d like to start by the way you address and sign off your emails, here are a few suggestions you may like to try:

Māori phrase

English translation

Mōrena or Ata mārie

Good morning

Tēnā koe (formal)

Greetings to one

Kia ora (informal)

Greetings to one (Hi)

Tēnā kōrua (formal)

Greetings to two

Kia ora kōrua (informal)

Greetings to two

Tēnā koe

Dear Sir/Madam

Tēnā koutou katoa me te tangi atu ki a rātou kua riro ki te pō

Greetings to you all, and acknowledging all who have passed on

Kei ngā ihuoneone, kei ngā taituarā o te tari, tēnei ka mihi

To the hardworkers and supporters of our organisation, I greet you.

Kāti rā mo tēnei wā.

That’s all for now

Nāku noa, nā

Yours sincerely (one signatory)

Ngā manaakitanga

With best wishes

Ngā mihi


For futher office related words visit: https://www.tetaurawhiri.govt.nz/rauemi-a-ipurangi/rauemi/te-reo-o-te-tari/(external link)


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