Kia orāna! Cook Islands Language Week / Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani - 30th July 2017 to 5th August 2017
This year's theme is`Ei rāvenga nāku i te tuatua i tōku reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani ka anoano au i te turuturu ā tōku ngutu`are tangata `ē te matakeinanga – An encouraging home and community environment is what I need to build my love and my confidence to speak my reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani.'
Languages of the Cook Islands
There are three distinct Polynesian languages spoken in the Cook Islands.
Cook Islands Māori has several distinct dialects. Speakers of one dialect can understand the others. The dialects are:
The dialect of Rarotonga is the most widely used and standardised dialect, both in the Cook Islands and within Cook Islands communities in New Zealand. The Cook Island Maori Language Guidelines lists resources and ideas to support the learning of this particular dialect. You may be able to call on people in your community to learn other dialects or languages of the Cook Islands.
Information sourced from The Cook Islands Māori Language Guidelines.
Cook Islands Language Week and the National Curriculum
The Pasifika Education Plan emphasises the importance of connecting and responding to the identities, languages, and cultures of each Pasifika group in schools. Students' wellbeing and achievement is enhanced when their learning reflects and reinforces where they come from, what they value, and what they already know.
Cook Islands Language Week / Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani celebrates the identity, languages, and cultures of students from the Cook Islands and students whose families are from the Cook Islands; supporting this group of learners to engage and achieve success.
This special week supports the curriculum principles of cultural diversity and inclusion, and provides an opportunity for all students to:
Cook Islands Language Week / Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani helps all New Zealanders journey towards shared cultural understandings. Learning a new language gives us insight into new ways of thinking, and to different beliefs and cultural practices. Everyone who learns the languages of the Cook Islands helps to preserve them.
By learning an additional language and its related culture(s), students come to appreciate that languages and cultures are systems that are organised and used in particular ways to achieve meaning. Learning a new language extends students’ linguistic and cultural understanding and their ability to interact appropriately with other speakers ... Through such interaction, students acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes that equip them for living in a world of diverse peoples, languages, and cultures.
The New Zealand Curriculum, p. 24.
Below are some links to resources that are available to you. Please note some of the resources make reference to the NZ school curriculum, but we have included them as they are still valuable resources to support ECE teachers.
Te Kaveinga o Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani: The Cook Islands Māori Language Guidelines - is designed to support the teaching and learning of Kūki ‘Airini as an additional language in New Zealand early childhood and school settings. It sets out the competencies that learners need in order to communicate effectively in te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani. Suggestions for the teaching and learning of Kūki ‘Airini in early childhood and school settings are included.
I-E-Ko-Ko! An Introduction to Cook Islands Māori
Pasifika dual language books – Cook Islands Māori
Cook Islands Māori storybooks
Cook Islands Language Week resource – Te Papa
Mama Mata's Cook Island language classes
Christchurch City Libraries - Cook Islands Māori language week page
Adult learners learning Cook Islands Māori reo in Porirua
Celebrating Cook Islands Māori through trivial pursuits
Digistore resource – Kia Orāna (from Kiwi Kidsongs)
Pasifika digital legends
Niu FM – The beat of the Pacific
Cook Islands song kit
Effective teaching for Pasifika students – Language
Some of the resources make reference to the NZ school curriculum, but we have included them above as they are still valuable resources to support ECE teachers.
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