Kaupare Law and Consultancy are passionate about implementing more Reo Māori initiatives within the law sector, and they have put together a handy guide of useful Māori law phrases and terms that can be used around the office and in the courtroom.
If you want a free copy of their poster to decorate your wall, or would like to find out more, contact Alana Thomas at Alana.Thomas@kaupare.co.nz
Phrases for around the office
Tēnā koe/Kia ora
Hello (formal and informal)
E pēhea ana koe?
How are you?
E pai ana ahau.
E pukumahi ana ahau.
I’m very busy.
E haere ana koe ki hea?
Where are you going?
E haere ana ahau ki te Kooti.
I’m going to Court.
Āwhea tō tātou hui?
What time is our meeting?
Ā te 10 karaka, ki to tari o te Karauna.
At 10 o’clock at the Crown’s office.
Phrases for use in the courtroom
Tēnā koe e te Kaiwhakawā, Ko (name) tōku ingoa. Nō te tari o (firm name) ahau. Ko au te roia mō (client’s name).
Greetings Your Honour, Counsel’s name is…. from the firm of…. and I appear on behalf of….
Āe, E hiahia ana ahau ki te tuku pātai ki tēnei kaiwhakaatu.
Yes, I want to cross-examine this witness.
Kua pau katoa āku pātai i tēnei wā.
I have no further questions.
Kei a koe te mana e te Kaiwhakawā.
As Your Honour pleases.