How To Say Thank You in Māori

While there are several ways of giving thanks in te reo-tēnā koe! Kia ora! This kīanga or phrase is “Ngā mihi nui ki a koe”-huge gratitude to you.

In my role as a te reo facilitator, I am always suggesting to kaiako (who want to expand their reo) to swap one English phrase for one in te reo. This is a PERFECT one. How many times do you and your tamariki say “Thanks” in a day?

But…. firstly you have to say, repeat and repeat again (and again). I made these for a school a while back and they worked so well! They are for both the kaiako and the ākonga (learner) to spread the thanks around home and school.

Your learners could choose one to give to another classmate, or someone else in the school or community. There are a variety of messages and illustrations. There are some growth mindset messages also, and of course lots of New Zealand icons. (I am one of those from the growing multitude of educators and resource developers who support the idea that every resource in your room should look like it’s from New Zealand/ Aotearoa.) BE SELECTIVE!

Rather than giving you the list of messages in the certificates you can just download them 🙂

They are black and white so they can be personalised by the tamariki. There are 16 different messages. Some are blank, so a message can be added.

These certificates are available by filling in the form below:-)


An update on Te Reo Club-

What an amazing response. It’s so good to see so many schools and ECE Centres getting behind this kaupapa.

Most of you feel the same way as I do. It’s good to have somewhere to go to just download a variety of interesting te reo resources. There is a great variety in the age range and reo level. We have whānau members learning reo at home and some high schools AND Teachers Learning Institutions. Remember that we design resources from your requests. So it is what YOU are wanting and needing.

Here is an example of some of the posters due to be uploaded in a couple of days.

These will be long-or wide posters for your learning space. These ones are whakataukī but we have also been thinking about making ones with common phrases, put your hat on etc, greetings “Tēnā koutou tamariki mā”. What do you think? What long (wide) posters would be helpful in your learning space?

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe!

Nā Michele