Cook Islands Language Week

Kia orana!

The annual ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani: Cook Islands Language Week is being held from Sunday 4 August – Saturday 10 August 2019.

Our theme for this year is "Taku rama, taau toi: ora te Reo" - "My Torch, Your Adze: The Language Lives"

Cook Islands Language Week Poster 

CILW 2019 Poster

Help promote Cook Islands Language Week in your church, workplace, school or your community.

Click here to download the 2019 Cook Islands Language Week poster

Helpful Resources

We encourage you to speak, use, teach and learn Te Reo Māori Kuki Airani (Cook Islands Language), below are some helpful resources and links:

Events Calendar

We encourage you to find an event happening for Te Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani in your area and take part in the vibrant celebrations.

If you know of an event taking place in your community, please share those details with us - email contact@mpp.govt.nz 

Please download the 2019 Events Calendar here

Video messages from our community

In this video, the Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand, Her Excellency Elizabeth Wright-Koteka shares how it is important to celebrate the Cook Islands language, so it is not lost.


 Pastor Terence Tauira of Porirua shares how he believes Cook Islands Māori needs to be spoken, so it can survive indefinitely.

"It is a God given language," he says.