Celebrating Māori Language Week - Tauranga Chamber of Commerce

Celebrating Māori Language Week

Māori Language Week is an opportunity for concentrated celebration, promotion and encouragement.

Te Wiki o te reo Māori is becoming a major fixture on the national calendar providing an opportunity for raising awareness, and giving an opportunity for expert and advanced speakers to encourage others on their te reo Māori journey.

For our part, we want to help you incorporate te reo into your everyday business.

Thank you to Heddell Raerino, Associate Dean for Te Kura Māori, Student Engagement, Study and Career Progression under the Health, Education and Environment Faculty from Toi Ohomai for your help with these commonly used phrases and words for businesses – give them a go!

Te Reo Māori

Te Reo Pākehā

Tēnā koe

Greetings (to you singular)

Tēnā kōrua

Greetings (to you two)

Tēna koutou

Greetings (to you all- 2+)

Tēnā tāua

Greetings (to us two)

Tēnā tātau

Greetings (to us all- 2+)











kāri pakihi

Business card

hoa pakihi

Business colleague

mahi pakihi

Business work


Homai koa tō kāri mahi/pakihi

Please give me your work/business card

Anei taku kāri mahi

Here is my work card


waea mai

Call me

īmēra mai

Email me

‘Skype’ mai

Skype me


Te Reo Māori

Te Reo Pākehā

He aha tō nama waea?

What’s your phone number?

Kei hea tō wāhi mahi?

Where do you work?


Ka hui tahi tāua

Let’s (us two) meet

mā te



Ka hui tahi tāua mā te … ‘Skype’

Let’s (us two) meet via Skype’

Ka hui tahi tāua mā te … ‘Teams’

Let’s (us two) meet via ‘Teams’

Ka hui tahi tāua mā te … ‘Google Meets’

Let’s (us two) meet via ‘Google Meets’

Ka hui tahi tātau …

Let’s (us all 2+) meet …


Ka haere tāua ki te inu kāwhe/tī, kōrero ai.

Let’s go for coffee/tea and talk


Kōrero mai

Speak (towards me)

Whakarongo mai

Listen (towards me)

Titiro mai

Look (towards me)

To find out more about Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, which includes helpful resources and tools for your workplace, visit the website. 

Study re reo for free with Toi

Did you know that Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology offers a free course in te reo? New Zealand Certificate in Te Reo (Reo Rua) (Level 2) is open to anyone, with an intake in February 2021. 

The Tokoroa intake is the only full-time (on campus) study option. All other intakes/locations are delivered part-time over two trimesters using a blend of online study plus 1-2 days on campus.

Level 2 is best suited for those wanting to begin their te reo journey and build confidence with the language, working with passionate tutors and like-minded students with similar knowledge of the language.

You can find out more and / or enroll for this course here. 

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