Kia ora

Kia ora

kia ora is a Māori language greeting which has entered New Zealand English. It means literally "be well/healthy" and may also be regarded in a more formal sense as a traditional greeting of businesses, from hotels to a concentrated orange soft drink, Kia-Ora, which is available internationally.

As indicated, it also signifies agreement with a speaker at a meeting, as part of a culture which prizes oratory as infotainment. Other Māori greetings, "Tēnā koe" (one person), Tēnā kōrua (two people) and "Tēnā koutou" (three or more people), are also widely used, as are the phrases for goodbye, "Haere rā" (to the person departing - literally "go away") and "e noho ra" (to the person staying - literally "sit there"). The Māori phrase "kia kaha", literally "be strong", is also frequently encountered as an indication of moral support for someone starting a stressful undertaking or otherwise in a difficult situation.

ee also

* Aloha
* List of English words of Maori origin
* Māori influence on New Zealand English
* Talofa


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