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
The 2017 theme for Cook Islands Language Week was:
`Ei rāvenga nāku i te tuatua i tōku reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani ka anoano au i te turuturu ā tōku ngutu`are tangata `ē te matakeinanga
An encouraging home and community environment is what I need to build my love and my confidence to speak my reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani
View our Cook Islands Language Week photos.
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