Cook Islands Language Week

Kia orana!

Cook Islands Language Week is a time to celebrate and reflect on the rich and vibrant culture of the Cook Islands here in New Zealand.

The week is a chance for all Kiwis to celebrate the rich language and culture of the Cook Islands. In New Zealand, just over 20% of our Pacific population are Cook Islanders (61,839 people), our second largest Pacific ethnic group. As a realm territory, the Cook Islands hold a special relationship with New Zealand, with Cook Islanders free to live and work in NZ.

The theme for 2017 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”. In English, “An encouraging home and community environment is what I need to build my love and my confidence to speak my reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani”.

This year at AUT, we have shaped our conversation around Cook Islands language week by the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

After the first Ocean Conference in New York earlier this year, we are posing the question to all of us: What can we do today to conserve and sustain our oceans?

We hope to create discussions and raise awareness of this goal and share what is happening in our communities to achieve this goal. Please join the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter.

Useful resources for Cook Islands Language Week

  • The Ministry for Pacific People's online language Learning Resource helps learners of reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani. It's ideal for Cook Islands language speakers, enthusiasts, schools, workplaces and community groups.
  • National Cook Islands Language week event calendar
  • Cook Islands Language Week factsheet
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