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Cook Islands Language Week 2021

Cook Islands Language Week 2021

Sunday 1 August – Saturday 7 August

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.

This year’s theme also reflects the overarching 2021 Pacific Language Week theme of Wellbeing, by linking the importance of language to overall wellbeing.

Planned activities and events will be held throughout New Zealand to showcase the richness of the Cook Islands language, culture and traditions.

Some activities and key events for Cook Islands Language Week will also be available on the official NZ Cook Islands Language Week Facebook page so more people can learn, embrace and celebrate ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani.

Cook Islands Language Week events

Saturday 31 July | 12pm to 3.30pm
Official Opening Ceremony for Cook Islands Language Week 2021 and presentation of the inaugural Ta’unga Kama’atu Awards (Cook Islands Language Champion Honours)
Join us online as our Cook Islands communities in Aotearoa gather for a very special event to mark the opening of ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani (Cook Islands Language Week) which runs from Sunday 1 – Saturday 7 August.

In alignment with this year’s Cook Islands Language Week theme, the programme will be led by the Kūki ‘Āirani youth and includes the awards presentation of the Language Champion Honours.  
Streamed online here

Sunday 1 August | 11am to 2pm
Showcasing Cook Islands Language & Culture
Showcasing Cook Islands Language & Culture through music, dance, arts & crafts. This event is open to the public, pop in and visit our tent!
Venue: The Strand Waterfront Green Space, Tauranga.

Monday 2 August | 5pm to 7pm
Music Dance Drumming Ukelele
Girls and Boys will learn to drum simple beats.
Venue: Kimi Ora Community School. Boston Crescent, Flaxmere. Hastings.

Tuesday 3 August | 10am to 2pm
Cook Islands Language Week Craft Workshop
Free workshop for all to join! Come and learn how to paint sheets, pillow cases, t-shirts, and pareu’s.
Venue: Te Oro Foyer. 98 Line Road, Glen Innes, Auckland.

 
Tuesday 3 August | 5pm to 7pm
Arts and Crafts
Trading designs carving paniora Arsia, Drawing on paper wood and material.
Venue: Kimi Ora Community School. Boston Crescent, Flaxmere. Hastings.

Wednesday 4 August | 12pm
Cook Island Dance Classes
An open invitation for girls/women to join in on this fun class. Cook Island Dance Classes for Women of all ages.
Venue: Heretaunga Women’s Centre. Corner of Russell and Eastbourne Street, Hastings.

Thursday 5 August | 5pm to 7pm
Sports Day
Fun Relays, Tug o War, Volley, Basketball.
Venue: Kimi Ora Community School. Boston Crescent, Flaxmere. Hastings.

Friday 6 August | 10am to 4pm
Epetoma o te Reo Maori Kuki Airani. Atuitui ia au ki te Oneone o Toku Ui Tupuna
Tivaevae Craft show, Making Ei Katu, Apii i te Reo Cook Island and apii i te Ura.
Venue: St David’s Multicultural Presbyterian Parish Hall. 2 Britannia Street, Petone. Lower Hutt.

Friday 6 August | 4pm to 8pm
Official Closing Ceremony for Cook Islands Language Week
Join us online as we mark the closing of Cook Islands Language Week with a special programme that will be made available online to enable more people to tune in and participate. A formal awards presentation will also take place in recognition of the Language Champion Honours.
Streamed online here