Though most often recognised as an English-speaking nation, New Zealand actually has two official spoken languages: English and Maori. Here are a few key Maori words and phrases to try out during your travels. Haere mai!
Hello Kia ora
Welcome Haere mai
Thank you Kia ora
Do you speak Maori? Korero mai i te Reo Maori?
What is your name? Ko wai tou ingoa?
My name is… Ko… ahau
Where are you from? No hea koe?
I am from… No… ahau
How are you? Kei te pehea koe?
I am fine thanks, and you? Kei te pai
I don’t understand Kahore e mohio au
Excuse me Aroha mai
How much is this? E hia te utu?
Goodbye (said by the person leaving) E noho ra
Goodbye (said by the person staying) E haere ra
Sea, lake Moana
Sky, heavens Rangi
New Zealand Aotearoa