Happy Cook Islands Language Week

posted: 3:41 pm - 30th July 2017
Cook Is Language Week dancers

The Ministry, in partnership with the Cook Islands Development Agency New Zealand (CIDANZ), in association with the Auckland War Memorial Museum, are hosting the 2017 Cook Islands Language Week celebration.

Saturday evening 29 July came alive with the sound of drums beating, language, stories, bright colours and smiles from the Cook Islands community groups working together to celebrate and advocate Cook Islands language and culture.

Minister for Pacific People Hon Alfred Ngaro opened the celebration of the Cook Islands Language week with a message to families that if they don’t teach their children at home to how to speak the language, then the language will not be retained, and if they don’t teach them with love, then their children will not have incentive to keep it alive.

Auckland Museum put on a display with a case of taonga (treasures) in the Atrium, showcasing traditional tautai (fishing) objects and other collections to celebrate Cook Islands Language Week.

CIDANZ will run a range of activities including tivaetivae making and inspirational stories of Cook Islands families why and how they are preserving their language and culture in New Zealand.

The Ministry has developed an information sheet for those wanting to learn Te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani.

Various activities are being celebrated around the country to launch the Cook Islands Language Week. Check out a range of exciting events around the country here.

This year's language week theme 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’ which translates to ‘an encouraging home and community environment is what I need to build my love and my confidence to speak my reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani”.

Te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani week’s celebration is from Sunday 30 July to Saturday 5 August.

Further updates about Te ‘Epetoma o te Reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani are available on the Ministry Facebook page.

Following the Cook Islands Language Week, events are planned to celebrate the languages and culture of five other Pacific nations: Tonga, Tuvalu, Fiji, Niue, and Tokelau.