Using te reo Māori on the phone

You can use Māori phrases to both answer and end a conversation on the phone. You can also use them in your voicemail messages.

Here are some Māori greetings that you can use on the phone or in voicemail messages.

Hello | Tēnā koe / Kia ora

Hello, Rawinia | Tēnā koe, Rawinia / Kia ora, Rawinia

Good morning | Ata mārie / Mōrena

This is Peter | Ko Pita tēnei

Yes, that’s right | Ae, tika tēnā

How are you? | Kei te pēhea koe?

I am good | Kei te pai

At the end of a phone call or phone message, you can close with the following Māori phrases:

Thank you very much | Kia ora rawa atu

See you (again) | Ka kite (anō)

Goodbye | Hei konā / Hei konā mai