Tēnā koe Greetings (to one person)
Tēnā kōrua Greetings (to two people)
Tēnā koutou Greetings (to three or more people)
Kia pai tō mutunga wiki Have a good weekend
Tēnā koutou katoa Greetings to you all
Two people performing the Hongi, a traditional Maori greeting

Blaine Harrington


The hongi is a uniquely Māori form of greeting carried out both at formal occasions and informal meeting of friends. The hongi is performed by grasping the other person's hand, as with a handshake, leaning forward and gently pressing noses - nose to nose, breath to breath. Some, but not everyone, may also kiss women on the cheek. 

A simple opening for all speeches

Tihe mauri ora!
E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e rau rangatira mā
Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa

Behold the breath of life!
To all authorities, all voices, to the many chiefs gathered here
Greetings, greetings, greetings to everyone

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