Report – By TJ Aumua
Kia ora. This simple greeting in te reo Māori is a frequent news topic that makes media headlines.
The most publicised incident happened in 1984, when respected Māori rights activist, and then telephone operator Naida Glavish was told by her bosses not to use the expression when greeting customers on the phone.
In August 2014, the greeting stirred controversy after a KiwiYo employer resigned from her job after allegedly being told not to welcome customers with “kia ora”. Read more »