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.
In 2015 Cook Islands Language week will take place from 3 – 9 August. The theme for Cook Islands Language week this year is –
To tatou reo tupuna e korona ia no to tatou matakeinanga
Our language is a crowning glory of our community
2015 is also the Cook Islands’ 50th year anniversary of self-governance in free association with New Zealand.
Celebrate at Christchurch City Libraries
Cook Islands Māori Storytimes at Aranui Library
In conjunction with the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Aranui Library will be hosting a community event in the form of a Cook Islands Māori Language themed storytime on Thursday 6 August, 11am-11.30am.
Check out our Cook Islands Language Week page for sound files of basic Cook Islands Māori greetings and words.