Why not try out some of these simple phrases in the workplace?
Good morning. Mōrena/Ata mārie.
Welcome to (workplace). Nau mai ki .
Are you busy? He nui ō mahi?
I am very busy! He tino nui aku mahi!
No. I am not very busy. Kāo. Kāore i nui aku mahi.
Kei te aha koe? What are you doing?
Kei te tuhituhi au. I am writing.
Kei te mahi au. I am working.
Mōrena Good morning
Kia ora tātou Hi everyone (less formal greeting)
Tēnā koe Dear (more formal greeting)
Nāku, nā From
Nāku noa nei, nā Yours faithfully
Nāku i roto i ngā mihi, nā Kind regards
When is the meeting? Āhea te hui?
At 2 o’clock. Ā te rua karaka.
At 10 o’clock. Ā te tekau karaka.
It’s finished. Kua mutu kē.
Where is the toilet? Kei hea te wharepaku?
There is the toilet. Arā te wharepaku.
Where is my notepad? Kei hea taku puka tuhituhi?
Here is your notepad. Anei tō puka tuhituhi.
Courtesy: Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori Māori Language Commission
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