This year’s theme for ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani is ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna which means, connect me to the soil of my ancestors.
‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna 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.
The theme reflects the overarching 2022 Pacific Language Week theme of Sustainability, by linking the importance of language sharing and cultural heritage being handed down over generations.
Watch the Ministry for Pacific Peoples page for a calendar of activities and events to be held throughout Aotearoa to embrace and celebrate the richness of the Cook Islands language, culture and traditions.
Ministry for Pacific Peoples page HERE
Stay connected online by visiting the official NZ Cook Islands Language Week Facebook page HERE