Cook Island Language week is a celebration on identity, language and culture.Teaching our tamariki about the value of diversity, a respect for other cultures and strengthening cultural identities and awareness. The 2022 Cook Islands Language Week theme is ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna – Connect me to the soils of my ancestors. With a focus on the same theme as last year, ‘Ātuitui’ia au ki te Oneone o tōku ‘Ui Tupuna aims to close the generational gap between our young tamariki, youth and elders, and to protect and nurture the language and culture. 🙏
Meitaki ma’ata- we are thankful for these wonder opportunities.
This week to celebrate we made a te vaevae with traditional patterns and through screen printing technique, of course using bright colours like the culture and people of the Cook Islands. Tamariki learnt about the process of making Cook Island donuts, the kneading and and waiting for the rise in a warm room, all about yeast and the important part it plays in the process and of course the most important part enjoying the smell of fresh donuts cooking and there taste. Note a’a-Awesome, and they were meitaki-Good. Our highlight of the week was seeing all the tamariki come dressed in traditional Cook Island wear and taking part in our cultural activities.
During the week the tamariki made the most of te ra and enjoyed shooting hoops, playing in the sand, climbing and instigating their own games of tag and chase. We also had daily waiata with all tamariki participating and learning new waiata and actions.
Kia orana ‘i teia ra, Ka kite ‘aka’ou a konei atu