On the 8th of August we celebrated Cook Island Language Week in our playgroup with our children and educators. This was important to promote culture awareness, use the language, symbols and text and build relations with our pacific community. Exploring and valuing of the different diversity and showing respect to other cultures.
In our play group we welcomed everyone with an opening prayer in Kuki Airani, then sang Te Atua Mou e (Cook Island National Anthem), learning sample greeting language, counting, te au kara (colours), learning a new song, “Mana e Papa e’, then followed by the children and Educators doing their Cook Island performances in Te Reo Maori Kuki Airani. The day went so well that everyone enjoyed Cook Island Language Week dancing to a drum beat doing the hula.
(Ally- Programme Coordinator)