In New Zealand, both English and te reo Māori are official spoken languages, and while you are in Wellington, you may hear te reo phrases and mihi (greetings) being used. To help you understand what someone means by “kia ora!” (hi!), here are some common mihi.
Greetings to one
Tēnā koe (formal), Kia ora (informal)
Greetings to two
Tēnā kōrua (formal), Kia ora kōrua (informal)
Greetings to three or more
Tēnā koutou (formal), Kia ora koutou (informal)
Greetings to a friend
Tēnā koe e hoa (formal), Kia ora e hoa (informal)
Ata mārie (formal), mōrena (informal)
Kia ora rawa atu
Can I have a coffee please?
He kawhe koa
All the best
Noho ora mai
See you tomorrow