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SouthSeas join celebration of Cook Islands Language Week


05 August 2018


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Spectacular examples of ‘ei katu (head garlands) displayed during this year's Cook Islands Language Week celebrations

SouthSeas Healthcare continues to support community efforts to encourage the preservation and retention of the Cook Islands language.

Last week, Cook Island staff working for SouthSeas Healthcare ensured that the Cook Islands Language was celebrated in their workplace.

Cook Islands staff said that this is their contribution to ensure that the Cook Island language survives.

Cook Islands Language Week is a chance for all New Zealanders to celebrate the rich language and culture of the Cook Islands.

Cook Islands families in New Zealand are being reminded that if they do not speak their language it will face extinction.

SouthSeas Healthcare is doing their part by encouraging their Cook Islands staff and families they work with to use Kūki 'Āirani language in their day-to-day communication.

The Cook Islands community are the second largest Pacific ethnic group in New Zealand (after Samoans) making up 20% (61,839) of the Pacific population (295,941), with 59.5% (36,810) living in the Auckland region (Census 2013).

The annual ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani‘ (Cook Islands Language Week) was celebrated from Sunday 29 July – Saturday 4 August 2018.

Click here to find out more about the Cook Islands people living in New Zealand and their language.

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