The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, with the Cook Islands Development Agency of New Zealand (CIDANZ) and the Human Rights Commission is pleased to support the first national celebration of Cook Islands Language Week (Te Epetoma O Te Reo Maori Kuku Irani). Beginning on Cook Islands Constitution Day, the week’s theme - ‘Taku reo ko toku ia akairo – my language gives meaning to my existence and identity’ – is reflected in special events across the country.
The highlight of the week’s events will be the launch of Cook Islands Maori language resources in Auckland on Friday 10 August. The resources, developed with the support of the Ministry of Pacific Affairs, comprise four bilingual books aimed at preschool and primary school children.
The inaugural Cook Islands Language Week provides a national platform to raise critical awareness of the Cook Islands language in New Zealand and aims to further encourage Cook Islanders to use, maintain and speak their languages within the family and community.
In New Zealand, Cook Islanders represent the second largest Pacific community - there are more Cook Islands people living in New Zealand than in the Cook Islands. Approximately 60 percent live in Auckland, mainly in the Manukau Region. Sixteen percent of the New Zealand Cook Islands population are able to hold an everyday conversation in Cook Islands Maori.
For more information about the Cook Islands Maori language, visit the Tuatuamai website.
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|Saturday 4 August 2012||Constitution Day Prayer Service||Cook Island Constitution Day celebration Seventh Day Adventist church service and bless the language week celebrations||Seventh Day Adventist Churches across New Zealand|
|Sunday, 5 August 2012||Constitution Government Week Church Services||Cook Island churches services acknowledge constitution day and bless language week celebrations
||Cook Island Churches across New Zealand|
|Monday, 6 August 2012||Radio 531 PI Panel discussion on the Cook Islands Language||A panel of Cook Island people will be interviewed about the language||531 PI Radio Station Auckland|
|Cook Island daily word of the day||Cook Island Word of the day for the week promoted on radio and face-book||531 PI Radio Station and Cook Islands Language Week facebook|
|Wear a Pareu Day||Wearing Cook Island traditional closing with a lesson on the worlds used for clothing items||Tokoroa Cook islands Community in support of Forest View High School
|Inter-generational Cook Islands Language Debate||An AUT Cook Islands Student Association and Cook Islands community intergenerational programme.
Topic It is the responsibility of the parents and family to teach Te Reo Maori Kuki Irani?
|AUT Manukau Campus Auckland University Manukau City Auckland|
|Cook Islands Back of House Tours at Te Papa Museum||Cook Islands Tour of Te Papa Museum with Cook Islands staff providing bilingual tour guide.
||Te Papa Museum – limited spaces to book for this tour|
|Imene Tuki/Reo Metua – Learning Cook Island Songs||Learning the Cook Islands Language through song.
||5.00pm – 6.45pm Talanoa Centre, University of Canterbury
|Essay Competition – Cook Islands Language||A100 word essay competition on any topic of interest regarding own journey – biblical verse or short chant of choice as a finale for the week. Preparations for the essay begins Monday and presented on Saturday 12 August 2012||5.00pm – 6.45pm Talanoa Centre, University of Canterbury
|Tuesday, 7 August 2012||Cook Islands Language History Challenge||Four Cook Island history and language programmes will be convened at four key Auckland Council Libraries.
||Glen Innes, Otara, Manukau, Mangere and Manurewa Libraries|
|Cook Islands Cultural Day Programme at Forest View High School||Forest View High School in Tokoroa will screen Te Maeva Nui Festival (Cook Island based) during lunch break as a celebration of the culture and language.
||Forest View High School Tokoroa|
|Cook Islands Screening of ‘The Silent One’ at the local movie Theatre, Tokoroa||A presentation on the significance of viewing this Cook Island-based film to the communities in Tokoroa.
||Tokoroa Cook Islands Community event|
|Simple prayers in the Cook Islands Language||Learning simple prayers including the Lord’s prayer for everyday use||5.00-6.45pm Talanoa Centre University of Canterbury|
|Wednesday, 8 August 2012||Cook Islands Community Day||Mangere/Otara Cook Islands community gathering||10.00am-2.00pm Metro Theatre Mangere East Auckland|
|Cooks Islands Back of House Tours at Te Papa Museum||Cook Islands Tour of Te Papa Museum with Cook Islands staff providing bilingual tour guide||Te Papa Museum – limited spaces to book for this tour|
|Wear a ‘ei’ day with Cook Island Maori Trivial Pursuit language learning programme||This is a wear a Cook Island necklace day with a trivial pursuit game programme for learning the language amongst secondary school students||Forest View High School Tokoroa|
|Learning a Ute or Pe’e (Celebratory song or chant)||Learning a traditional ute and pe’e for use in most formal Cook Islands formal settings||5.00-6.45pm Talanoa Centre University of Canterbury|
|Thursday, 9 August 2012||Cook Islands Arts Expo||Exhibition of Cook Islands tivaivai and fashion||Corban Centre West Auckland and Metropolitan Arts Centre|
|Cook Islands Music and Dance sessions||Drumming and dance demonstrations at three main public centres in Auckland||Aotea Centre, Manukau, Henderson and St Lukes Westfield in Auckland|
|Will Crummer and the Rarotongans at Te Papa Museum||Legendary Will Crummer and the Rarotongans perform at Te Papa Museum||6.00pm – 7.30pm Te Papa Museum Wellington|
|Cook Islands Food Day||Celebrating Cook Islands language and food||Forest View High School Tokoroa|
|Cook Islands National Anthem||Learning the national anthem and its history||5.00-6.45pm Talanoa Centre University of Canterbury|
|Friday, 10 August 2012||One Cook Islands Celebration (CIDANZ)||A dinner event with awards ceremony and launch of the new bilingual Cook Island resources (invitation only)||6pm – 12am Dream Centre, 3 Lakewood Court, Manukau Auckland|
|Cook Islands Language Week Overview||Reflect on the week’s activities and learnings gained and preparations for Saturday presentation||5.00-6.45pm Talanoa Centre University of Canterbury|
|Saturday and Sunday 11-12 August 2012||Cook Island Churches across New Zealand thanks giving services||To close the inaugural language week celebrations, congregations across New Zealand will offer thanksgiving services||Cook Island Churches across New Zealand|