When you write anything from an article to a novel, you generally take care to carefully craft the introduction and conclusion. I spend more time trying to make a succint, pithy or memorable final sentence than any other throughout the document – which is why writing in te reo is so much easier! Not only do you start off with a mihi – which occasionally is longer than the actual subject of the writing – but you can finish off simply like this. Ka mutu.
It’s like putting a bit fat “THE END” at the bottom of an essay. It goes against every English writing style known to man, yet it’s completely normal and eloquent in te reo Māori.
Here’s some common phrases used to end old letters and essays.
Ka mutu ēnei kupu.
Ka mutu tēnei kōrero.
Kāti ki konei ngā kupu.
Heoi anō nāku.
Heoi anō ngā kupu.
English translations to the above are include things like:
This ends my account. That is all. That is all I have to say.
Don’t think that this is just an old-skool thing – folk still finish of emails like this, and you can hear it in oratory too. Ka huri.
The phrase above “Ka huri” can be used at the end like the others, but it also gets used within a piece of writing. Say you were writing a letter and took up half the page ranting on a single subject. When you’ve finally huffed and puffed enough and are ready to move on to the second subject, you can put “ka huri” on the end.
okay, that’s enough thought/words/ink spent on that subject, let’s move on
Heoi anō ēnei kupu.