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Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani - acknowledgement by Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio.

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Kia orana kotou katoatoa te iti tangata Kuki Airani! 🇨🇰

In celebration of 'Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani' Digitalpasifik will be sharing collections from each of the 15 Islands!

The first share is a picture of Rongomatane, an Ariki (Chief title) of Atiu.


Auckland Council Libraries

Auckland Museum

Library and Learning Services Resources

Cook Islands Maori Dictionary

Maori, the language of the Cook Islands, consists of a number of mutually intelligible dialects. This dictionary is concerned chiefly with the dialect of Rarotonga, the main island, but many words characteristic of other dialects are also identified.

Cook Islands art and architecture

Cook Islanders, Cook Islands residents, artists, choreographers, performers and scholars write about the vibrancy of local dance, drumming, fashion, painting, quilting, carving, weaving, tapa making, theatre, and other creative endeavours. The book's 21 chapters provide compelling evidence of Cook Islands visual and performance art as essentially collaborative endeavours, often inspired by the vision of ta'unga or experts, but elaborated through the collective improvisation of artists or performers who at the same time observe a highly complex, delicate and critical sense for ensemble. Significantly, improvisation and innovation may come from any member of the group ensuring that Cook Islands art retains a strong 'grass-roots' enthusiasm, while undergoing constant reinvention and renewal.

My island, Rarotaonga, Cook Islands

"Flying Fox, Moā Kirikiri, shows us around his home in Rarotonga, Cook Islands"

Cook Islands Heroes

Inspirational stories of achievers who have Cook Islands ancestry.

Patterns of the Past

Patterns of the Past traces the history and practice of tattooing through the ancient oral traditions of the Cook Island people, as well as from reports of early Western visitors and rich archival material. The book looks at the current practices of contemporary Cook Island tattooists, what the tattoos mean, and what techniques and instruments are traditionally used.

Art of Tivaevae

Twenty-three women from Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Mauke, Atiu, Mangaia and Penrhyn recount aspects of the craft of tivaevae (quilt making), the role it has played in their own lives and that of their communities.