Te ‘epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani - Cook Island Language Week.

20 Aug 2019


Kia orana!

This week we celebrated ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani: Cook Islands Language Week alongside our friends, teachers, and families. The theme for this year is "Taku rama, taau toi: ora te Reo" - "My Torch, Your Adze: The Language Lives".

As we commemorate tēnei wiki, our tamariki have embraced Cook Island culture through ura/dancing, imene/singing, dressing in island wear and making ei garland. We also had the opportunity to sing our turou/greeting imene " Kia Orana koe", count in te reo kuki airani ta'i, ruma, toru, a, rima, ono, 'itu, varu, iva, ta'i ngauru. We also learn te kara/colour from auika/blue, rengarenga/yellow, teatea/white, muramura/red, matie/green, tarona/pink, kerekere/black, vareau/purple, brown/paraoni, re'ure'u/grey and makara/orange. Through this celebration our tamariki shows awareness of cultures differ from their own. They learn pronunciation of tuatua/kupu/words, singing imene/waiata/song and developing in recognition and understanding the culture and it art. Meitaki maata ki te au metua e te kopu tangata no ta kotou au turuturuanga maata i teia epetoma o te reo Kuki Airani. Meitaki maata.

Our tamariki also had the opportunity to learn about Cook Island culture by taking part in art and craft activities, learn cultural songs, colors and counting from 1 to 10 and face painting. The children also enjoyed singing and dancing performance from our parent Victoria (Levi's Mum and his Grandmother) and it was wonderful to see our whanau to be part of our celebration.

It was wonderful to see our children dressing up in cultural attire. Our children also enjoyed Cook Island food such as tonati/ doughnut, potato salad, and chop suey which was also made by our wonderful parent Victoria. This is a delicacy and we can see this food in any Cook Island event from akaipoipo/weddings, ra anauanga/birthday.

Our tamariki had so much fun and for most of them, it was like celebrating their own culture and traditions which were great to witness as if it is connecting/linking to their own backgrounds. Our tamariki know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment. They also feel comfortable with the routine, customs, and regular events and they are making connections between people, places and things in the world.

Thank you so much Victoria for the support and providing our children the opportunity to widen their knowledge about the Cook Island culture.