27 Dec 2019

A Māori Phrase a Day - Kei te pēhea koe?

From Summer Times, 10:55 am on 27 December 2019

A Māori Phrase a Day with Hemi Kelly

Three times a week, we'll check in with Hēmi Kelly, to learn some useful te reo Māori phrases you can use in your day-to-day life.

Hemi's a lecturer in Te Ara Poutama - the Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Development at Auckland University of Technology, and his book A Māori Phrase a Day: 365 Phrases to Kickstart Your Reo will be released on January 7.

Hēmi Kelly

Hēmi Kelly Photo: Supplied/Hēmi Kelly

Today's phrase: Kei te pēhea koe?

Translation: How are you? 


"It's a good follow-on from 'kia ora'", Hemi says.

"You can use it any time of the day - and quite often it's shortened to just 'kei te pēhea' - so we leave off the pronoun, 'you', and we're just saying 'how's it?'"

"'Kei te pēhea?'"


Click the play button above to hear Hēmi pronounce this phrase and take you through any pronunciation nuances