Cook Islands digital free online resource
Victoria University of Wellington’s Language Learning Centre worked with members of the Hutt Valley Cook Islands community to create a free online learning resource of Cook Islands Māori audio.
The ‘Rays of Sound’ Cook Islands digital free online resource was launched at the Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt during the Cook Islands Language Week celebrations, in an effort to preserve the language.
The ‘Rays of Sound’ project is a collaboration between Victoria University and the Hutt Valley Cook Islands community, supported by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples in creating and publishing more audio resources online.
The idea is to expose people to audio; as much spoken language as possible, as a method to preserve the language.
Cook Islands High Commissioner to NZ, Her Excellency Teremoana Yala says the audio resources provide learners with tools to listen and speak Te Reo Māori Kūki Āirani, with the aim of building language confidence.
The Hutt Valley Cook Islands Association is very pleased with the initiative, as one of their declared goals is language preservation and revival in the community.
Trial recordings are now underway and the Association is recruiting readers to make the sounds of Cook Islands Māori come alive.
The ‘Rays of Sound’ is a unique project to preserve and expand upon a collection of old recordings.
The Ministry for Pacific Peoples felt the recordings will be of great value for future generations, and recognises the need to preserve them for the future. The Ministry congratulates Victoria University Language Learning Centre and the Hutt Valley Cook Islands community for creating such a wonderful resource for future generations.
‘Rays of Sound’ offers a selection of recorded stories and songs in Samoan, Te reo Māori and Cook Islands Māori.
Find the resource at www.raysofsound.org.nz