Cook Islands Language Week - Te 'Epetoma o Te Reo 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. 2019 Cook Islands Language Week is on from Sunday 4 August to Saturday 10 August.
Cook Islands Māori has a number of distinct dialects, the most widely used of which is Rarotongan.
Cook Islands Language Week - Te 'Epetoma o Te Reo Kūki ‘Āirani
The 2018 theme for Cook Islands Language Week was Te 'Epetoma o Te Reo Kūki ‘Āirani:
Kia ngākau parau, kia rangarangatu to tatou reo Māori kūki 'Āirani
Be proud of our reo Māori kūki 'Airani and protect its future!
Cook Islands Language Week - Te 'Epetoma o Te Reo Kūki ‘Āirani at Christchurch City Libraries (2018 events)
Some libraries will be adding some cultural elements from the Cook Islands to their StoryTimes! Whether it’s your first time or you’re a regular, find a library near you that will be sharing these unique experiences.
Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August. Available at Aranui, South, Spreydon, Te Hāpua and Upper Riccarton Libraries
This is a chance to search the library and see how Cook Island words are spelt. Complete the worksheet and greet your lovely library staff with the Cook Islands phrases. If your librarian sees that you gave the phrases a try, you will be rewarded.
Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August. Available throughout the day at Aranui, South, Spreydon, Te Hāpua and Upper Riccarton Libraries.
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