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Cook Islands Language Week

Monday 31/07/2017

Cook Islands Language Week runs until Saturday 5 August.  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.  In addition, Cook Islands Māori has a number of distinct dialects, the most widely used of which is Rarotongan.

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples has, with Te Papa developed an online language learning resource, Te ’Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani, to help learners of reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani. It's ideal for Cook Islands language speakers, enthusiasts, schools, workplaces and community groups. 

The resource includes:

  • an exploration of the theme, which relates to family, culture and spirituality
  • reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani pronunciation support and access to helpful words and phrases
  • activity ideas, tua (story) and ‘īmene (song) resources
  • details of how to take part in a nation-wide initiative to recognise reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani Champions (Cook Islands Māori Language Champions). 

You can hear Cook Islands Maori spoken on Planet FM on the Cook Islands Health programme.

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