As a 100% New Zealand-owned bank we recognise the importance of Māori language and culture throughout Aotearoa. At TSB we encourage our people and customers to embrace te reo, that's why this Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Māori Language Week) we're sharing some kupu (words) you can use in your every day life, as well as stories from our people about what Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori means to them. 


Try some banking kupu (words)

  • Bank pēke
  • Money moni
  • Deposit putanga moni
  • Save penapena
  • Pay utu


  • Spend whakapau
  • Economy taiōhanga     
  • Equity/ownership whai tūtanga
  • Financial advisor kaitūtohu ahumoni
  • Thank you/hello kia ora

Try some everyday phrases

  • Tēna koe 
  • Mōrena 
  • Ngā mihi o te ahiahi
  • Nau mai, haere mai ki_______
  • Kei te pēhea koe?
  • Kei te pai 


  • Hello (to one person)
  • Good morning
  • Good afternoon
  • Welcome to __________
  • How are you?
  • Good

What Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori means to our people 

Alicia Bristowe

Alicia Bristowe, Associate Product Manager

“Whakahokia te reo mai i te mata o te pene, ki te mata o te arero.”

“Bring the language back from the tip of the pen, to the tip of the tongue.” – Te Wharehuia Milroy

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is such a wonderful time to celebrate our language! It’s a chance for us to share in learning together, connect back to our “why”, and to recognise those who have done the hard mahi before us to ensure our language lives on.

Personally, seeing my friends, colleagues and whānau using kupu hou (new words) is so inspiring! I love learning from others; being in a constant state of learning is always a challenge. Regardless of fluency, background, whakapapa; seeing everyone having a go makes me really happy.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori reminds me to connect back to my “why”. Learning a new language is tough. It is my dream to reach fluency one day, so my future tamariki can know Te Reo Māori from birth.

This is also a time to reflect and mihi (acknowledge) our rangatira that have championed our language for decades. Its about contributing to that kaupapa and making them proud too.

Toitū te reo, kia kaha te reo Māori!

To me, Te Wiki o te reo Māori is a celebration of our language and our people. It encompasses not only te reo, but waiata, culture, art, tikanga and many other aspects of Te Ao Māori. It's a platform to allow people with all levels of te reo to engage, learn and come together in a safe, encouraging environment.

Te reo Māori is a part of my everyday life, but Te Wiki is a reminder to myself how far I've come as an adult learner from almost nothing to raising my son in te reo Māori.

It means a lot to me to think that someday, people who were influenced by Te Wiki o te Reo Māori may greet my son in his first language. Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori – The language is the heart and soul of the mana of Māoridom.


Nathan Mansell, Product Owner


Calle Swanepoel, Operational Risk Business Partner

For me Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori comprises of three things; Acknowledgement, Celebration, and Support.

Firstly, it is important to acknowledge my tupuna and the challenges they, and others faced in order to protect the reo for future generations. Their steadfastness has allowed me the freedom to express myself through te reo and be proud of who I am as wahine māori.

Secondly, it’s about the celebration of a beautiful language, our reo rangatira. By participating, we both continue to normalise and revitalise Māori language for generations to come.

Lastly, it’s about support. Whether you’re a confident speaker, sharing and encouraging those around you to take that first step, or whether you’re at the beginning of your reo journey; supporting another that is in the same position. It’s about how we tautoko each other.

The amazing thing about Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is that through our actions now, we inadvertently shape the world for future generations. To me this is a privilege, and I encourage each and every one of our TSB whānau to jump onboard and become a part of history.

Ko tōku reo tōku ohoho, ko tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea
My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul

Learn more about Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori