|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|
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