Tēna tātou katoa nau mai, uru mai ki te Wiki o te reo Māori, salutations everyone and welcome, enter into Māori Language Week: 9 – 15 o Mahuru/September.
Kia ora is a generic form of greeting people, places or things and is sometimes used for thank you, however what does it mean?
This is a description I share for a deeper understanding of a meaning.
Kia – to have or to be
Ora – life, well being, health
So, in saying kia ora, we are wishing the recipient, to have life or to be healthy.
There are two concepts hidden within the word ora.
O – of, from
Rā – sun or day
A reminder that every living organism needs the sun to survive and that perhaps, we are solar beings in human form.
Which other cultures call their sun Rā? (or La)
There are many resources and events to celebrate te Wiki o te reo Māori, please share with your students, whānau and communities.
Kia kaha – have strength, kōrero mai te reo – speak te reo!