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Topic # 233346 12-Apr-2018 09:31
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I just received an email from a Government Department which started off with:

 

Kia ora and thank you for contacting us.

 

My question is, should "Kia Ora" be used in official Government correspondence, rather than the more traditional "Dear Mr Brown"?

 

Or just Hi or Hello might be better?

 

 


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  Reply # 1994659 12-Apr-2018 09:34
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Don't see why not.

 

Te Reo is an official language of New Zealand.


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  Reply # 1994660 12-Apr-2018 09:35
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@frednz Are you just trolling? Who cares what it starts with could be in Chinese or Japanese I would not give a crap! I am kiwi born here in Takapuna and love travel and other languages 

 

You need to get out more I think

 

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  Reply # 1994662 12-Apr-2018 09:38
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trig42:

 

Don't see why not.

 

Te Reo is an official language of New Zealand.

 

 

True, but are they teaching kids in school to say "Kia Ora" in correspondence rather than "Dear" "Hi" or "Hello".

 

Why mix languages in the same email?


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  Reply # 1994667 12-Apr-2018 09:42
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Why not?  Lots of other countries mix languages up a bit.  It does come across as lightly informal but here is no reason why letters actually need to be overly formal.

 

And writing in Te Reo there are no worries about pronunciation.





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Linux:

 

@frednz Are you just trolling? Who cares what it starts with could be in Chinese or Japanese I would not give a crap! I am kiwi born here in Takapuna and love travel and other languages 

 

You need to get out more I think

 

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I don't think you would pass your teacher exams if you took this approach! It's important that we teach our kids how to write properly!


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  Reply # 1994671 12-Apr-2018 09:49
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frednz:

 

Why mix languages in the same email?

 

 

frednz:

 

I don't think you would pass your teacher exams if you took this approach! It's important that we teach our kids how to write properly!

 

 

 

 

Yeah you tell them. All government correspondence should be completely written in Te Reo so our kids can learn it properly. 


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frednz:

 

Linux:

 

@frednz Are you just trolling? Who cares what it starts with could be in Chinese or Japanese I would not give a crap! I am kiwi born here in Takapuna and love travel and other languages 

 

You need to get out more I think

 

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I don't think you would pass your teacher exams if you took this approach! It's important that we teach our kids how to write properly!

 

 

@frednz I have no idea what drugs you are on but you should quit now! I would rather rip my eyeballs out than be a teacher in this day and age

 

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  Reply # 1994685 12-Apr-2018 10:20
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trig42:

Don't see why not.


Te Reo is an official language of New Zealand.



Yes. It's AN official language.

Recently it has started to look like THE Official language.





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  Reply # 1994686 12-Apr-2018 10:21
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Sounds like a nice, non-threatening, way to start a letter...

 

People who have an issue with this sort of thing are exactly what Taika Waititi is talking about. It just literally DOES NOT MATTER, nor does it affect the reading of the letter.


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  Reply # 1994692 12-Apr-2018 10:29
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I have used it for years, did so when I worked for the government and it was encouraged also as a verbal greeting. It's use is not new for Government Departments and agencies. It is a good thing.





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frednz:

 

I don't think you would pass your teacher exams if you took this approach! It's important that we teach our kids how to write properly!

 

 

Why is starting written correspondence with a greeting not proper writing?


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I have used it for years, did so when I worked for the government and it was encouraged also as a verbal greeting. It's use is not new for Government Departments and agencies. It is a good thing.

 

 


We used it for years in the UK too - it's the brand name of a fruit drink for kids!






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djtOtago:

 

frednz:

 

I don't think you would pass your teacher exams if you took this approach! It's important that we teach our kids how to write properly!

 

 

Why is starting written correspondence with a greeting not proper writing?

 

 

 

 

Unless it is 'Dear Sir', 'Dear Madam' or 'Dear Mr Smith' or 'Dear Mrs Smith' etc then no, it isn't.






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Geektastic:

 

MikeB4:

 

I have used it for years, did so when I worked for the government and it was encouraged also as a verbal greeting. It's use is not new for Government Departments and agencies. It is a good thing.

 

 


We used it for years in the UK too - it's the brand name of a fruit drink for kids!

 

 

 

 

typical, those crazy English stealing all our good stuff tongue-out





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  Reply # 1994705 12-Apr-2018 11:25
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Kia Ora...well thanks everyone for your replies. I can see I need to liberally splash around phrases such as kia ora to show how tolerant I am of current trends. Not sure why this thread was shifted out of "off topic" to politics..is it really a political discussion?

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