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. 2017 Cook Islands Language Week runs from Sunday 30 July to Saturday 5 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

Cook Islands Language Week

The 2017 theme for Cook Islands Language Week is -

`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

Cook Islands Language Week poster

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

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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