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Cook Islands Language Week

Whae Isabelle —

Kia Orana, This year’s theme for ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week is ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna which means, connect me to the soil of my ancestors.

The theme 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.

We have a beautiful display of Cook Island traditional wear all the way from the Island of Aitutaki. Whaea Isabelle who is of Cook Island and Maori descent and the help of Ms Fletcher decorated our office with beautiful colors and garments to represent Cook Island Language Week. Feel free to pop in and check it out.

I E KO KO (Good day) 

Isabelle Raukete