Opening and closing greetings for letters or emails
This section offers a few suggestions for people who wish to open and close their letters and/or emails with a simple but appropriate expression in Māori.
|Dear Sir/Madam||Tēnā koe|
|Dear Sir/Madam||E te rangatira, tēnā koe|
|Dear Sir/Madam||Tēnā koe e te rangatira|
|Dear Sir/Madam||Kei te rangatira, tēnā koe|
Rangatira has a range of meanings, including chief, male or female and is a generally accepted way of expressing the idea of Sir or Madam in Māori.
|When writing or addressing two people||Tēnā kōrua|
|When writing or a ddressing three or more people||Tēnā koutou|
|When addressing the head of an organisation||Tēnā koe e te k aiha ut ū|
Kaihautū is the leader who gives time to the rowers in a canoe.
If you are writing a follow - up letter, use Tē nā anō (koe)
Three basic phrases can be used to conclude a letter or email
|Goodbye for now||He i konā mai|
|Goodbye and thank you||Hei konā mai i roto i ngā mihi|
|Many thanks||Aku mihi nui ki a koe|
|Yours faithfully||Nāku nā|
|Your sincerely||Nāku noa, nā|