One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Maori greeting addressed to one person only.‘the facilitators were often greeted with "tena koe"’
- ‘Tena koe, your royal highness.’
- ‘Tena koe, I live in New Zealand and am going to China, leaving from Melbourne, and I have some questions.’
- ‘Madam Speaker, tena koe.’
- ‘Tena koe, Mr Chairman.’
- ‘'Rozhbash' should you be a Kurd, 'Sveiki gyvi' to the Lithuanian, and 'Tena koe' if you are Maori.’
- ‘Secretary for Justice: Tena koe, I wish to express concern about four aspects of the Family Court Proceedings Reform Bill.’
- ‘Tena koe, I have not been on-site for quite a while so have just viewed your comments and info regarding my dad.’
- ‘Tena koe, and please congratulate your staff—each person we encountered was obliging and pleasant.’
- ‘Tena koe, Natasha, greetings.’
- ‘First of all, tena koe.’
Mid 19th century: Maori, literally there you are.
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