Definition of tena koutou in English:

tena koutou

exclamation

NZ
  • A Maori greeting addressed to three or more people.

    ‘I say tena koutou, greetings to you all’
    • ‘Therefore, we support this bill and we pay our respects: tena koutou.’
    • ‘I wish to begin my remarks by speaking in the official language of this country: Tena koutou!’
    • ‘I say greetings to them all—tena koutou.’
    • ‘Tena koutou to members and Mr Chairperson as we gather for this important stage of the legislation.’
    • ‘They all stood up in here, wearing the biggest bone carvings they could, hunched up over their desks, and said: "Tena koutou, I acknowledge the Maori people in my area."’
    • ‘First I would like to acknowledge, as the minister did, your presence and to say simply tena koutou.’
    • ‘I would just like to say tena koutou.’
    • ‘It is on that principle that I greet you here tonight—tena koutou.’
    • ‘So, tena koutou, and I shall leave the closing address from our party to the eloquence of my colleague.’
    • ‘To all who have come down here today to witness this very, very important occasion, I say tena koutou.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: Maori, literally ‘there you are’.

Pronunciation

tena koutou

/ˈtɛːnɑː ˈkɔutɔu/