Beginning and endings to letters, emails and memoranda

Any correspondence by the university can include the use of te reo Māori in a number of ways. The most commonly used are greetings at the beginning and signing offs at the end. You can also include days and months of the week at the beginning.

Te tohu i te wā o te tau – Writing dates

The following is the common way of writing dates in te reo Māori:

2 July, 2018:         Te 2 o Hōngongoi, 2018

Use this method and replace the dates and months accordingly. If appropriate, you may also use the days of the week: Rāhina, te 2 o Hōngongoi, 2018. The more traditional names for the days of the week (as shown below) are being used more often now as opposed to the loan words that were transliterations for days of the week and months.

Ngā rā o te wiki – Days of the week

English Loanwords Traditional
Monday Mane Rāhina
Tuesday Tūrei Rātū
Wednesday Wenerei Rāapa
Thursday Tāite Rāpare
Friday Paraire Rāmere
Saturday Rāhoroi Rāhoroi
Sunday Rātapu Rātapu 

Ngā marama o te tau – Months of the year 

English Loanwoards Traditional
January Hānuere Kohi-tātea
February Pēpuere Hui-tānguru
March Māehe Poutū-te-rangi
April Āperira Paenga-whāwhā
May Mei Haratua
June Hune Pipiri
July Hūrae Hōngongoi
August Ākuhata Here-turi-kōkā
September Hepetema Mahuru
October Oketopa Whiringa-ā-nuku
November Noema Whiringa-ā-rangi
December Tīhema Hakihea 

He mihi – Opening greetings

English Māori
Dear Sir/Madam (formal) Kei te rangatira, tēnā koe
Dear Sir/Madam (Name) Kei te rangatira, e (Name), tēnā koe
Dear Timoti (alternate name) Tēnā koe, e Timoti
Dear Everybody Tēnā tātou
Hello/Hi Kia ora
Hello/Hi Mere Kia ora, e Mere
Dear Friend (informal) Tēnā koe, e hoa
How are you? Kei te pēhea koe?

He whakakapi – Signing off

English Māori
That is all for now Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei
Yours sincerely  Nāku noa, nā (Your name)
Stay well Noho ora mai
Many blessings Ngā manaakitanga
Many thanks Ngā mihi
Have a good day Kia pai tō rā
Have a good weekend  Kia pai tō mutunga wiki
Farewell Mauri ora
See you soon Mā te wā
Merry Christmas Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete
Happy New Year Ngā mihi o te tau hou
Easter Greetings Ngā mihi o Te Aranga 

Kei wāhi kē atu – Out of office auto responses

If you are out of office you can also set up a response in te reo Māori. It will also be useful to include the English translation below:

Tēnā koe. Kāore au i tōku tari i tēnei wā. Ka hoki mai anō au hei te [date]. Mehemea he uinga kōhukihuki ōu, tēnā koa whakapā atu ki a [name] mā te karere hiko nei: [email].

Dear Sir/Madam. I am away and out of office and will be returning on [date]. If you have any urgent queries while I am away please contact [Name] on: [email address].

A sample letter

Te 23 o Paenga-whāwhā 2018

Ms Huhana Rongonui
Toi Rauwharangi (DEPARTMENT)
Te Whare Wānanga o Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa (UNIVERSITY)
Pouaka Poutāpeta 756 (PO.BOX)
Te Whanganui-a-Tara (CITY)

Tēnā koe Huhana,

I am writing to you….


Noho ora mai.
Nāku noa, nā


Hemi Hererangi
(Job Title)

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