Cook Islands Language Week - Te 'epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani
Cook Islands Language Week 'Epetoma ō te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani celebrates the languages spoken by the people of the Cook Islands; Cook Islands Māori, the Western Polynesian language Pukapuka, and the distinctive mixture of Cook Islands Māori and English spoken by the people of Palmerston Island. Cook Islands Māori has a number of distinct dialects, the most widely used of which is Rarotongan.
2020 Cook Islands Language Week is on from Sunday 2 August to Saturday 8 August.
Teia te tumu tāpura - Theme for 2020:
Kia pūāvai tō tātou reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani i Aotearoa.
That the Cook Islands Māori language may blossom throughout New Zealand.
Listen to Cook Islands Māori words and greetings
Kia orana - Hello
Aere ra - Goodbye
Ka kite - Goodbye
Akarongo mai - Listen here
Meitaki ma'ata - Thank you
Days of the week
Months of the year
Many thanks to Sera Thompson from the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs for providing these recordings.
Cook Islands language
- Read Pasifika salutations on the Pacific Languages Week webpage, Ministry for Pacific Peoples.
- Cook Islands Māori online storybooks
- Cook Islands Language Week Te Kete Ipurangi
- Cook Islands Māori Language Week Facebook page
- Cook Islands Language Week resource from Te Papa
- View our Cook Islands Language Week photos.