Cook Islands Language Week 2020

Kia Orana. Next week is 'Epetoma ō te reo Māori Kūki 'Āirani 2020—Cook Islands Language Week 2020. Pop in to Wan Solwara, Level 2 Kelburn Library, to check out the Cook Islands book display.

Five books about Cook Islands presented on library shelves surrounded by multicoloured garlands. Between the books are two woven hats, one decorated with a pink garland and the other decorated with a green garland.
Selection of library books about Cook Islands on display at Wan Solwara, Level 2 Kelburn Library.

Welcome to the fourth Language Week in the series of nine that we celebrate in New Zealand.

The theme for 'Epetoma ō te reo Māori Kūki 'Āirani 2020—Cook Islands Language Week 2020 is Kia pūāvai tō tātou Reo Māori Kūki 'Āirani i Aotearoa—That the Cook Islands Māori language may blossom throughout New Zealand.

There is a strong focus on using technology and virtual platforms as tools to promote language, culture, and identity.

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples, and Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, promote and advocate for Pacific Language Weeks to enrich knowledge of cultural history, which is often lost due to language loss when people migrate to Western countries and the English language becomes the main way of communicating.

Language holds a lot of cultural and historical meaning. When you lose your language you lose your link to the past. Without a link to the past people lose their sense of place, purpose, and path. Language underpins people's sense of identity and belonging. This is why Pacific Language Weeks are so important.

'One must know where one came from to know where one is going'—Maya Angelou.

For more information, visit the Ministry for Pacific Peoples Cook Islands Language Week webpage or follow the Cook Islands Māori Language Week on Facebook.