This year’s theme for ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week was ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna which means, connect me to the soil of my ancestors.
‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna reflects on the journey of Cook Islands peoples in New Zealand, as well as the longing of young Cook Islanders to connect with their language, culture, and identity. Acknowledging that while community elders are fundamental to the teaching and sharing of Cook Islands language, the leadership of young people as the next wave of cultural and language experts is also critical in keeping the connection to their homelands alive.
This year’s theme also reflected the overarching 2021 Pacific Language Week theme of Wellbeing, by linking the importance of language to overall wellbeing.
Activities and events were held through Aotearoa to embrace and celebrate Cook Islands Language Week. Stay connected online by visiting the official NZ Cook Islands Language Week Facebook page.
The Language Champion Honours is a new initiative which has been introduced as part of the Pacific Language Weeks series 2021.
These awards recognise our language advocates from the Cook Islands community who have been acknowledged as role models for language revitalisation and preservation of Te Reo Māori Kuki ‘Airani in Aotearoa.
Tupou Tamata Manapori
Raemaki Temaeva Karati
Taiau Makirere Nicholas
Mere Tepaeru Tereora