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Te ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani

Sunday 30/07/2023

Te ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani (Cook Islands Language Week) runs from Sunday 30 July – Saturday 5 August. The theme for 2023 is ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te au peu o tōku kāinga Ipukarea, meaning "Connect me to the traditions and culture of my homeland​".

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)

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

And keep up to date with news and events on the NZ Cook Islands Language Week Facebook page



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