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.
According to the 2018 Census, 80,532 people of Cook Islands heritage live in New Zealand and 1,992 people of Cook Islands heritage reside in Christchurch.
2021 Cook Islands Language Week is on from Sunday 1 August to Saturday 7 August.
Teia te tumu tāpura - Theme for 2021:
‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna.
Connect me to the soil of my ancestors.
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.