Cook Islands Language Week – Te ‘Epetoma o Te Reo Kūki ‘Āirani

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. 2018 Cook Islands Language Week runs from Sunday 29 July to Saturday 4 August.

In addition, 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 forCook Islands Language Week - Te 'Epetoma o Te Reo Kūki ‘Āirani is:

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

StoryTimes with a Cook Island Twist

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

Scavenger Hunt with a Cook Island Twist

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

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Days of the week

Months of the year

Many thanks to Sera Thompson from the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs for providing these recordings.

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Find Cook Islands resources in our collection

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