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Te ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani

Saturday 07/08/2021

Te ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani (Cook Islands Language Week) runs from Sunday 1 – 7 August. The theme for 2021 is ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna, meaning "connect me to the soil of my ancestors".

Keeping a language alive means using it. If you’re fluent or nearly fluent, encourage friends and family to speak it as much as they can and incorporate it into your life. Cook Islands Māori has a number of distinct dialects, the most widely used of which is Rarotongan. For beginners, here are some phrases you can start with.  These have the same pronunciation as other Pacific languages, including te reo Māori (NZ Māori)

Hello                    Kia orana

Welcome             Turou / Aere Mai

Please                  Ine

Thank you           Meitaki

Goodbye              Aere ra (to person going) / E noo ake ra (to person staying)

Good Luck           Kia Manuia

Hungry for more? The Ministry for Pacific Peoples has language cards with useful phrases and this video helps you with the phrases and pronunciation for an introductory conversation:


You can hear te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani spoken on the Cook Islands Health programme every Thursday at 6.30PM on 104.6 Planet FM


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