Cook Islands Language Week Te 'epetoma o 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.
2019 Cook Islands Language Week was from Sunday 4 August to Saturday 10 August. This year's theme was -
Taku rama, taau toi: ora te reo / My torch, your adze: The language lives
Cook Islands Language Week - Te 'epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani at Christchurch City Libraries 2019
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