No, not fluent in Te Reo, but picked up some growing up with a large # of Maori friends. A lot of words mixed in with english seemed normal back then. To this day an upset stomach is a bad "puku" lol, and I never turn down good "kai" when I'm back there.
As for the greeting, to my understanding it's a more formal or respectful way of saying Happy Birthday & includes best wishes throughout the year to come.
& I respect Mr Reid. He's a good man.
Plus he's old, & you should always respect your elders.
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