Cook Islands Language Week

The annual ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani: Cook Islands Language Week is being held from Sunday 29 July – Saturday 4 August 2018.

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples (the Ministry) supports community efforts to encourage the preservation and retention of the Cook Islands language by Cook Islanders living in New Zealand. In 2012 the Ministry in partnership with the Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ) and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) delivered the first Cook Islands Language Week.

Since 2012, engagement in Cook Islands Language Week has grown. The week is now celebrated across New Zealand through schools, tertiary institutions, workplaces and communities.

Cook Islands Language Week is a chance for all Kiwis to celebrate the rich language and culture of the Cook Islands. The Cook Islands community are the second largest Pacific ethnic group in New Zealand (after Samoans) making up 20% (61,839) of the Pacific population (295,941) with 59.5% (36,810) living in the Auckland region (Census 2013). 

The official language resource cards with our seven Pacific languages - including Cook Islands, are available for download here.

Education resource

The Ministry has also worked with Te Papa to develop 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). 

Download the resource (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Community poster

Help promote the Cook Islands Language Week in your church, workplace, school or  your community. The 2018 poster will be available soon. 

2017 Download here (JPG, 366 KB)

2016 Download here (JPG, 4.2 MB)

Cook Islands Language Factsheet

Download the fact sheet here (PDF, 488 KB)