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Expressing good will or gratitude.
Kia ora is a Māori language greeting which has entered New Zealand English. It means literally "be well/healthy" and is translated as an informal "hi" at the Māori Language Commission website Kōrero Māori. The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage website NZ History lists it as one of 100 Māori words every New Zealander should know, with a definition "Hi!, G'day!". 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", "Tēnā kōrua" and "Tēnā koutou", are also widely used. Likewise, "kia ora" can follow a similar pattern to address different specific numbers of people. By itself, it can be used to address any number of people, but by adding "koe" one can specify a greeting to a single person; "kōrua"; "koutou"; and by following with "tātou" one addresses all the people present, including the speaker themself. The word is similar to the word "kia orana" found in some Pacific Island languages and with a similar meaning.
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