We've put toegther a basic guide to speaking Māori.
So what does the alphabet consist of?
A E H I K M N NG O P R T WH W U
The Māori alphabet is formed of five vowels and ten consonants. The lines above the letters are called macrons and indicate how a vowel should be pronounced - either short or long.
Short sound as in 'u' in up: A E I O U a e i o u
|Kia Ora||Thank You / Hello|
|Formal greeting to one person|
|Tenā korua||Formal greeting to two people|
|Tēna Koutou||Formal greeting to many people|
|Pō Marie||Good night!|
|Haere Mai||Welcome, enter|
|E noho rā||Goodbye from a person leaving|
|E Haere rā||Goodbye from a person staying|
|Hei konei rā||Less formal goodbye|
|Ka kite anō||See you again|
|Rā||Day / Sun|