Cook Islands Language Week – Te ‘epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani

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

We had Cook Islands Storytimes at several libraries during the week and an evening event at Tūranga celebrating the culture of the sunny Cook Islands. .

Find out more.

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

Numbers 1-10

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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