'Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani - Cook Islands Language Week
Kia orana! 'Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani - Cook Islands Language week is on from Sunday 30 July to Saturday 5 August 2023.
'Epetoma ō te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani - Cook Islands Language Week 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.
Teia te tumu tāpura - Theme for 2023 is:
'Ātuitui’ia au ki te au peu o tōku kāinga Ipukarea.
Connect me to the traditions & culture of my homeland.
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
- Cook Islands Language Week Ministry for Pacific Peoples
- Cook Islands Māori online storybooks
- Cook Islands Language Week Te Kete Ipurangi
- Cook Islands Language Week Facebook page
- Cook Islands Language Week resource from Te Papa
- View our Cook Islands Language Week photos.