Welcome to Cook Islands Māori Language Week!
This years theme is
‘Ako marie i ngā pōtiki i teia ra, kia ūpoko tu rātou apopo’.
‘Nurture young minds today so they may become leaders of tomorrow’.
Find out all about the languages and dialects of the Cook Islands and read online storybooks in Cook Islands language on Te Kete Ipurangi website.
This week the Cook Islands also celebrate 50 years of self government . See more about this on the Cook Islands Maori Language Facebook page.
If you’re a bit of a Pacific history buff you can also read an ebook in NZETC called The discoverers of the Cook Islands and the names they gave.
If you want to find a word in a Cook Islands dialect use the Dictionary of Cook Islands languages.
In the Library look for the Cook Islands Cook Book by Taiora Matenga-Smith in the Pasifika Collection at TX725.N5.P65MAT and make the Poke or Cook Islands fruit pudding or maybe the nita tau or baked pawpaw. For the really daring you might like to try eke takare i roto ite akari or curried octopus in coconut sauce.
Reka! (Penrhyn, Tongareva)