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What my Cook Island language means to me?

Cook Island Language week 2019

My grandmother is a Cook Islander and my grandfather was a Papa’a (NZ European). Both of them could speak fluent Cook Island Māori. As a child I would hear them speaking to each other in this language. As I was nearing the end of my primary school years I became more and more curious as to what it was they were saying when speaking in Cook Island Māori. So I took on the challenge of learning the language myself. As the years went by I could eventually hold full conversations with my grandparents in Cook Island Māori.

The Cook Island Māori language holds significance in my immediate family as my grandmother and I are now the only ones who speak it since my grandfather’s passing in 2016. I have unknowingly helped carry on an important aspect of my grandmother’s life. The feeling of happiness and satisfaction I get when speaking to my extended family, or even just my grandmother, is all because we are speaking in OUR special language. I get an overwhelming feeling of fellowship and love when I hear our language being spoken by others. The language is something I hold close to my heart. For people who feel ashamed for not knowing their mother tongue, it is never too late to learn.

Kia Orana e Kia Manuia

Josua Isaac Owen Sullivan Te Maru Ariki Houghton

Receive 50% off coffee if you order in te reo māori – see details

He kawhe koa?

Can I have a coffee please?


Receive 50% off coffee for those who order in te reo māori during Te Wiki o te Reo Māori (10 to 16 Rima | September) on:

Monday 10 September @ Café 1894

Tuesday 11 September @ Chiltons

Wednesday 12 September @ Shilling Club

Thursday 13 September @ Collective

Friday 14 September @ Nuts and Bolts

Whakanuia Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2018

E ngā manu taki, e ngā manu tāiko o Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, tēnā koutou.

Kua takoto anō tēnei mānuka ki a tātou i tēnei wiki, e Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – nau mai, tauti mai! Ka hiki tātou i tēnei wero kia rere te reo ki ngā kokonga katoa o tēnei whare wānanga. Nā reira e te whānau whānui o UC, hīkina te mānuka, tukua te reo Māori kia hāro ki tōna keokeonga!  Karawhiua!

Greetings to everyone here at UC.

Māori Language Week is back and so too is the opportunity for us all to use, embrace and value te reo Māori in all that we do.  Over this next week I am encouraging all of you to welcome this challenge by getting involved and participating in some of the great reo Māori events and initiatives which will be taking place here on campus. Take up the challenge and support the use of te reo Māori so that it will soar across all areas of our university!  Go for it!

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha will celebrate Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, from 10  to 16 Rima | September. The theme this year is Kia kaha te reo Māori , let the Māori language be strong. This supports the intent of the new partnerships for te reo Māori revitalisation between the Crown and Māori under the new Māori Language Act 2016.  Read the programme here>

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori is one week of our  year where we can show how we support and value the Māori language here at UC by using the reo we have while supporting others to do the same.  Don’t be shy – get involved and make the most of the range of reo Māori activities and events happening across our campus this week – kia kaha te reo Māori!

Beyond Te Wiki o te Reo Māori there are many other ways that you can further develop your Māori language skills and deepen your bicultural competence and confidence here at UC, by enrolling to complete a Te Reo Māori course at Aotahi or registering to take part in the Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora and Te Reo Māori for the Workplace workshops. 

Whilst Te Wiki o te Reo Māori provides us with the opportunity to support the value of the Māori language in everything we do, the challenge for us all is to continue using what we have – everyday – on an ongoing basis.

E hoa mā – whakawahā te riri!
Ngā mihi o te wā,

Dr Rod Carr
Vice-Chancellor | Te Tumu Whakarae